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Translation: “German Military Commission in Slovakia, Pressburg, September 1, 1939. Captain Dr. Nagel has orders to guide the members of the Polish legation of Pressburg through the war zone to the Slovak-Hungarian border. Signed: Franz Barckhausen, Lieutenant General and Director of the German Military Mission.”
Pressburg is the German name for Bratislava, Slovakia. The Slovak Republic was a client state of Nazi Germany from 1939 to 1945. Zofia Drzewieniecki (then Zofia Kryżanowska) was working at the Polish Consulate in Bratislava at the time and this letter was delivered into her hands. The members of the Polish Consulate were safely delivered out of Slovakia and went on to Bucharest in Romania.
Drzewieniecki Collections, Fronczack Room
Franz Barchausen, Zofia Drzewieniecki, WWII
"Letter from Lieutenant General Franz Barchausen." World War II Documents of Special Interest. Drzewieniecki Collections. Archives & Special Collections Department, E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State.