Werner Weissenberg – born in Pleß, Upper Silesia, Germany, 7th November 1911
Occupation in country of origin: teacher
Arrived in Britain as a refugee from Germany on 6th June 1939
Document: Dachau, November 1938
Document: 12th May 1939
There was a long list of things that had to be done before the men were allowed to leave Germany – even though they were being forced out.
Lists had to be made of property and valuables, and only certain items were allowed to be taken out of the country.
The following two sets of documents provide an example of these lists of requirements.
An English translation follows.
Application – Resolution
Articles to accompany your journey, including hand luggage,
for Teacher Werner Israel Weissenberg,
born 7.11.1911 in Pless O/S
Time: as soon as possible
Your application for air transfer has not been requested
Clearance Certificate for tax purposes for luggage for the appropriate Finance Office
Same certificate for the Accounts Office
Declaration of Wealth with endorsement of appropriate Finance Office according to the situation on 1.1.1935 and today’s present situation
Declaration on Oath that no outstanding debts exist
Declaration on Oath that no State Bank is in the position of owner’s requests by foreign demands
Declaration on Oath that there is no overseas deposit of valuable documents
Travel and hand luggage.
List I + List II
Hebelstrasse 13, Frankfurt am Main, 12th May 1939
Werner Israel Weissenberg
Document: Merkblatt / Instruction sheet
An English translation follows: please just click on any image to enlarge it
For removal of goods
For a decision on the application of transferring property on removal the following papers are required:
1) 2 copies are required by the issuer of visas.
- Country of destination
- Time of packing and loading
- Shipping agent
The following questions to be answered:
Where are the goods?
Has an application for transfer been placed and in what form?
The application is to be signed by the applicant or by an empowered representative with place and date duly signed
2) Two copies of declaration of clearance for the Finance Office responsible with regard to the transfer of possessions
3) Two copies of declaration of clearance to the Accounts Offices, City Treasurer’s Office or Mayor’s Offices
4) Two copies of declaration of clearance with endorsement by the Finance Office according to the regulations of 1.1.35 and todays
5) Two copies of Declaration under Oath that there are no outstanding debts
6) Two copies that no demands for payment have been made for outstanding debts by banks abroad
7) Two copies of Declaration under Oath that no documents of value have been deposited abroad
8) Four copies of lists of goods to be transported for removal to a place abroad
List 1: Contents which have been acquired before 1.1.1933
List 2: Contents which have been acquired from 1.1.33 to 31.12.37
List 3: Contents of goods acquire between the period of 1.1.38 and the time of emigration with details of purchase prices and receipts. If these are not available a value of the goods to be given (an estimate)
- If new purchases have been made the necessity for their purchase is to be given
- Art objects must be accurately described
- Collections of items such as “laundry, clothing, kitchen utensils” are not permitted
- Planned purchases for the removal are to be itemised with their costs. If parts of goods have been sent by freight information must be provided clearly
9) Four copies – travel packing list – items must be listed separately as
- a) Hand luggage
- b) Passenger luggage
All objects for packing must already be included in the household effects list.
10) The inclusion of jewellery and valuables is strictly prohibited.
With the exception of:
- Wedding ring of the emigrant
- Pocket watch or wrist watch valued up to 100 RM
- Used cutlery – silver 1 set per person for a family of 3, 1 extra set for family of 5 and additional items like carvers. Each piece total weight 40 gm and total no more than 200 gm
Proof of remaining jewellery is to be handed over to the tax offices in Frankfurt
- Further lists and applications not included will not be considered or returned
Foreign Exchange bureau
Frankfurt am Main
Nachtrag / [Appendage]
Application for sending goods upon removal to another country
Article 10 of the notification for sending goods has been changed in the following manner:
The taking of jewellery and articles of value is strongly forbidden with the exception of
a) The wedding ring of the person emigrating and his/her deceased spouse
b) A silver bracelet or pocket watch
c) Silver cutlery old- 2 sets of 4 items of cutlery consisting of knives, forks spoons and teaspoons (small spoons) per person
d) Silver articles weighing 40 grams per item and a total of 200gm per person
e) Dental plates made of precious metal if in use by the emigrant.
Aliens Order Certificate of Registration