Weimar Republic diplomatic passport
A German diplomatic passport used by German Foreign Office interpreter and French law expert, Dr. Fritz Nordern.
Fritz Nordern was born to a Jewish family on March 19, 1881 in Leipzig and passed away on June 28, 1932 in Geneva, Switzerland. He got his university degrees, both the Masters and PHD, in Brussels, majoring in Political Science, Law and Philosophy. He remained in Belgium until 1918, working in the appeal courts and also as an expert on German civil administration. Upon his return to Germany, he then joins the Foreign Office:
June 1919 – Works at the office for Peace Negotiations;
October 1919 – Member of the Alsace-Lorraine delegation for peace talks. He continues as an interpreter of law at locations in Berlin, Baden-Baden & Karlsruhe;
August 1920 – Working on labor issues and also as an interpreter in international French and German conferences;
June 1921 – Speaker for the German representation to the Paris-German joint arbitrations;
January 1925 – Working at Division II in the Foreign Office (West and South-Eastern Europe);
(Since 1922, part-time lecturer at the Institute for Foreign Law, Berlin university, on French State & Private Law).
Dr. Norden was an interpreter to the famed Locarno Treaty in 1925.
He also attended the talks in 1929 and 1930 which later would be known as the Young Plan:
German WWI reparations debts where settled or say “liquidated” back then, and after being written in 1929 during the meetings at George V hotel in Paris, where adopted finally in 1930. The passport here was used to attend the Young Plan talks.
Dr. Norden Passed away while moving back and forth from Berlin and Geneva as an official interpreter and courier for the Foreign Office. He served his country up to the last year of the Weimar Republic.
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