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Form with red line across page, purple text and dotted lines, writing in green, titled “DEUTSCHER VOLKSSTURM Gau Berlin” in purple print. [Related item: 2019.2.233]
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: The Volkssturm was established in October 1944 as a militia utilizing males between the ages of 16 and 60 who were not otherwise serving in the Wehrmacht or other military units. They were under the control of the Nazi party and its officials (Gauleiters) with Himmler as commander. The Volkssturm was used extensively during the defense of Berlin against an overwhelming Russian army.
Berthold Allwardt was pressed into service as a 37-year-old in Berlin, and in all probability fought in the Battle of Berlin.
This document, signed by the local group leader less than one month after the Volkssturm was established, states that Mr. Allwardt, having been medically examined, was fit for duty in his Volkssturm squad. A note states that this certificate must be presented upon request.
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Volkssturm, Nazi Party, NSDAP, Bertold Allwardt
1943-1945: Rescue, Aid and Liberation
"Volkssturm Medical Form for Berthold Allwardt" (1944). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2019.2.232.