GERMAN WWI DEATH CARD FOR RAILWAY WORKER FRANZ HELLMANN
DEATH CARD FOR A GERMAN WW1I FOR NATIONAL RAILWAY WORKER - ORIGINAL
German death card for WWII Reichsbahnaffiftent (National Railway worker) FRANZ HELLMAN who died at the age of 69 on August 29, 1945. 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.