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WW2 German Original Deutsches Reich Arbeitsbuch Work Papers


I have several 100% original Arbeitsbuch documents that all came from the same closet collector - his family says they must go! Price is for one book. They range from minimal to lengthy work histories, men and women, with occupations such as carpenter, mechanic, seamstress, handmaiden, railway worker, miner, etc. A few have instructional inserts. Several are partially translated.

Citizens of Nazi Germany were required by law to carry proof of employment with a full-documented work history.These have the iconic/infamous giant Nazi Eagle and Swastika on the cover as opposed to the early versions which featured the Eagle of the German Weimar Republic.

Pictured in detail is an Arbeitsbuch for an Assistant/Apprentice Mechanic in a Berlin Factory. The other examples pictured are the Arbeitsbucher for two sisters laid side-by-side. They both list their occupation as "Sister in Brothers' Erbhof [Hereditary Farm]". Interesting in that the Hereditary Farm concept was implemented by Nazi law to "preserve the farming community as the blood-source of the German people" (farmers appeared in Nazi ideology as a source of economic and racial stability). In order to gain "Erbhof" status, the family had to have documented proof they were of pure Aryan heritage.

I drone on, but it just goes to show fascinating it can be to research these.

  • Model: WM-02-J09B
  • Shipping Weight: 0.125lbs

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