Anton, J

Title

Anton, J

Description

Anton J's account of the events at Kassel-Kirchditmold, Opferhof 3.

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1944-02-26

Contributor

Harry Ziegler

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Record 6
BKasselVdObmv10006

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Transcription

Translated from the original in German: Present is Mr Anton J., Kassel-Kirchditmold, Opferhof 3 and makes the following statement:
On the evening in question I was visiting Mr Iffert in his flat. Present were also his wife, his father, his son, his sister-in-law, Mrs Hausmann, and the apprentice Mohr. The two assistants had left the house a little earlier. We were having tea. When the alarm came, I was standing outside, on Freiheiter Durchbruch. I made tracks. As Mr Iffert confirmed later, his family went down to the air raid cellar whereas he had to join his volunteer unit. This was a bit further up on the same street. When the incendiaries created the first fires, Mr Iffert helped with rescue and fire-fighting. When the bombs stopped dropping, he found time to attend to his family. The relevant block leader informed him that his relatives were no longer in the house but had to flee through a breakthrough into the neighbouring Scheldtsche house. The whole street had been on fire. Explosives had been dropped everywhere too. Mr Iffert then started to search but he was in the dark because there was no electricity and he did not have a torch either. His search was unsuccessful. He made his way through all the cellar breakthroughs but did not find anything. He now believed that his relatives had saved themselves and returned to the rescue and fire-fighting operation in the Wildemanns-gasse and the Platz der SA.
He only discovered a trace of his relatives a few days later, in the staircase of the public air raid shelter Hinter der Waage 1. Here, he found his father whom he could identify without any problems. He had two gold pieces with him and a fob chain which he knew well. From this, he drew the conclusion that his other relatives had to be also in the air raid shelter. This assumption proved to be correct. When we sifted the ashes and remnants of bones which had been found in the cellar, a process in which I was involved – we put up a big sieve and poured everything through it – he found his wife’s key ring, his father’ and his sister-in-law’s wedding bands and his wife’s half-charred wedding band. They came to this air raid shelter through the breakthroughs. In that cellar we found 21 wedding bands, 2 dog-tags of soldiers, the baldric of a work command leader, several bags, wrist watches, signet rings, medals, brooches and other things. We passed them on to the detective force.
Iffert’s air raid cellar was so well preserved that nothing would have happened to them there. It had not overheated. People had lost their heads, however, and ran through all the breakthroughs. It was the result of poor leadership.
I was on duty outside during the raid. I was in a cellar in Wolfsangerstraße. The house had already been wrecked on 3 October. The rest was destroyed during that night. I think it was no 61.

Citation

Vermisstensuchstelle des Oberbürgermeisters der Stadt Kassel, “Anton, J,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 8, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/7328.

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