GERMAN WW2 DEATH CARD FOR PIONEER REGIMENT SOLDIER HERMANN PAPPERT
GERMAN WWII DEATH CARD FOR HERMANN PAPPERT ORIGINAL
WWII German death card for Obergefreiter Pioneer Regiment soldier HERMANN PAPPERT who died in 1944 at the age of 33 in a prison camp in Rubland. Hermann was born January 29, 1911. This card measures about 2.5" x 4.25" unfolded. It is a single sided, one page card.
Military death cards are notices of the death of a WW2 German soldier who was killed during the war. Known also as “Sterbebilder”.
Death notices were a common European Catholic custom, normally given or mailed to mourners, family, and friends as death notifications also encouraging mourners to remember the deceased in prayer. These cards were usually 1 or 2 small pages, either single or folded and printed on both back and front. These pages would usually have a photograph of the deceased along with his important life information. Some did not include a photo and many included a religious icon or poem.
In contrast to other death cards the German government would not allow the printing of any WWII soldier’s unit information or a graphic cause of death.