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From: "Vladimir Bohinc" <>
Subject: Re: [0.7] [A-H-MILITARY] Prisoners of War WWI
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 20:55:19 +0100
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Dear Karen,
I was researching the records of WW1 POWs recently. There are very many of
them, however, I doubt, the archive will do this search.
The records physically are in a form of paper stripes, sometimes very thin,
which makes the search very time consuming.
The size of the strip is one inch by ten inches. Strips are being stored in
boxes, which contain about 1600 or more of them. The are sorted
approximately phonetically. What I noticed immediately, was, that these
stripes have almost never been searched, since some of them were still bound
in smaller packages, and all were very dirty from black war and who knows
what dust. It was evident, that not very many hands have touched this.
Such a stripe usually has a name, year and place of birth, unit and when and
where captured. Sometimes also into which camp transposrted. Sometimes much
less information.
With best regards,

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Subject: Re: [0.7] [A-H-MILITARY] Prisoners of War WWI

> If the Vienna War Archive has a record of his service it may include a
> that he was a POW and when that occurred.
> You have to write to Vienna to get any information about WW I soldiers.
> Take some time to compose a very careful letter to the War Archive.
> You must state your relationship to the person you want researched to meet
> the requirement of privacy laws that restrict access to records dated
later than
> 1905.
> You must say that you will use the material only for genealogical
> IF they answer a query about a given soldier they tend to answer only ONE.
> Make your letter simple and direct -- like a list of facts and another
> of questions. Surname, name; DOB; Place of birth; if you know the
> recruited in his area mention it; Mention Russian POW; give approximate
> if known. State what you want to know (what regiment, when taken POW,
> during what battle (Brusilov offensive?),any other info?
> They may only have a 3X5 card with his name, birth info, regiment and the
> fact that he was taken prisoner on a given day -- nothing else. If he
was an
> NCO who served for a while before the war started they may have more
> information. If he was an officer they will have his
Qualifikationsliste -- complete
> record.
> Find the Staatsarchiv website by searchin with: Staatsarchiv Wien. On
> the home page click on English. From there navigate to the war archive
> and study them. Then use the contact link to Email them your query.
> Or ask one of the list members who is able to do research at the War
> how you can provide him/her with the information they need to get
> to view privacy-restricted materials on your behalf.
> Other WW I info may be in the place where he was born -- like on the WW I
> monument there or even in a village chronicle with photos showing the men
of the
> village in groups of inductees. Some ot that will be in Heimat books if
> village was in one of the German areas of the CR, Poland, Banat, Slovakia,
> There may also be conscriptiion rolls from WW I in county or regional
> archives that will tell his induction date. For example there are old
> Standestabellen available in Vienna that are conscription rolls for men
living in that
> city's area.
> Karen
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