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U.S. High Commissioner for Germany (USHCG)


1952 issued Special passport.


One of the results in losing the war to the Allies in 1945 was the full surrender and occupation of what was once known as Nazi Germany.


The planning for the occupation of Germany began in early 1944 by the European Advisory Commission, based in London, and actual preparations for the post-war occupation began after the Allies started entering sections of the country in September of that year. The control of the country was done by the four military powers: US, British, Soviet & French, and this was done via the Allied Control Council (Alliierter Kontrollrat in German) which was operational from August 1945 to March 1948, the year when the council broke down and a new organization was formed to include the 3 western allied powers only, known as the Allied High Commission (Alliierte Hohe Kommission).


The new organization was tasked with the supervision and development of the young and new state of the Federal Republic of Germany.


The commission began its official work on September 21st 1949 and this ended on May 5th 1955, following the Bonn-Paris conventions (the U.S. High Commissioner for Germany (USHCG) was the “diplomatic” US representative in Germany, established on September 21st  1949 in the State Department, and took over most of the previous councils and commissions activities that existed since the end of the war up to that point in 1949).


United States special passport number 62243 was issued to Sylvia K. Bohrman on July 15th 1952 at Washington. As stated clearly on page 2, it was issued because the bearer “is a member of the staff of the United States High Commissioner for Germany“.


The Allied High Commission for Germany OFFICIAL entry permit was made out two days later and extended on August 6th 1954 at Wiesbaden (the previous day her passport was also extended by the Consulate in Frankfurt). She returned back home on August 30th 1955, the same year, as mentioned above, that the Commission ended its activities in Germany.


WW2 related or occupational issued passports are always welcome in my collection and thus I am happy to have added this little treasure as well.



Smaller image source: Wikipedia.



Thank you for reading “Our Passports”.


Neil Kaplan
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