German passport used for Oslo
SD (Sicherheitsdienst) issued visas during the war.
German passports issued and used during the war where rather limited to the locations they could be used at or travelling to and as the war progressed and worsened for them, the “traveling” destinations became limited and more acute. At the end, using the passports was rather pointless, in some ways, because there were practically no more places to go to…
The passport in this article is interesting and special because of the added visas inside. The destination was Norway, and by 1942, the year the passport was issued, it was under German control and entering/exiting the country was under the supervision of the SD (Sicherheitsdienst).
Passport number II 796/42 was issued to young Kate Rammler, who is indicated as being a teacher, on October 8th 1942 at Dresden. It was valid for a short period of time (normally they were issued for 5 years) and the visa was made out for Norway via Denmark & neutral Sweden.
Several Danish and Swedish visas are located inside this war-time passport but what catches the eye and adds to its appeal are the SD issued visas, issued at Oslo.
After extensive researching, it appears that the Sicherheitsdienst visas were issued at the SD Passtelle – Abteilung I & II, and hand signed by the head of this division SS-Haupsturmfuhrer und Polizeioberinsp Hermann Birnstein (his office consisted of himself and 5 females ( 1 secretary and 4 interpreters)).
In addition, the passport came with the rare temporary northern travel permit, used for travelling and returning back to Norway via the Nordic states and also Denmark. The document was also issued and signed by division head SS-Haupsturmfuhrer und Polizeioberinsp Hermann Birnstein in 1943 at Oslo.
The issuing of passports bearing special visas are considered rare and sought after by collectors of war-time travel documents and are always a welcomed addition to ones collection.
I have added images of this war-time German passport.
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