GERMAN WWI DEATH CARD FOR SOLDIER & MASTER BAKER KONRAD HOTSCHL
DEATH CARD FOR A GERMAN WW1I SOLDIER & MASTER BAKER - ORIGINAL
German death card for WWII soldier and master baker KONRAD HOTSCHL. He died in a Russian captivity on November 6, 1945. Born on Dec 8, 1911 Konrad was 34 when he died. Card measures about 4.5" x 5.0" unfolded. It is a double sided, double page card.
Military death cards are notices of the death of a WW1 and WW2 German soldiers who were 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.