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German soldier...Franz Kriss

German soldier...Franz Kriss

Posted: 5 Aug 2012 6:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
My friend found some personal papers that were originally found on the body of a German soldier in 1944. Have his personal id papers, etc. Name is FRANZ KRISS, wife is presumably RUTH, his birthday appears to be July 7, 1912, and he could have been from Oldenburg. Don't know where to start on this..help! Would love to see if wife and/or daughter is still alive. There is a photo of a very young girl in his belongings with the papers.
Thank you!

Re: German soldier...Franz Kriss

Posted: 6 Aug 2012 4:09AM GMT
Classification: Query
This is the only Franz Kriss in the German war graves database:

Franz Kriss

Franz Kriss ruht auf der Kriegsgräberstätte in Recogne-Bastogne.

Endgrablage: Block 12 Grab 163

Nähere Informationen zu diesem Friedhof erhalten Sie hier.

Name und die persönlichen Daten des Obengenannten sind auch im Gedenkbuch der Kriegsgräberstätte verzeichnet. Sie können gern einen Auszug bei uns bestellen.

Bitte beachten Sie, dass auf einigen Friedhöfen nicht die aktuelle Version ausliegt, somit kann der Name Ihres Angehörigen darin evtl. noch nicht verzeichnet sein.
Nachname:
Kriss
Vorname:
Franz
Dienstgrad:
Major
Geburtsdatum:
07.07.1912
Geburtsort:
Roitsch
Todes-/Vermisstendatum:
29.01.1945
Todes-/Vermisstenort:
St. Vith

http://www.volksbund.de/graebersuche.html

He appears to be listed here, as well, very bottom 14. Kompanie PzA:

http://www.historic.de/Militar/22.%20ID/InfanterieRegiment16...

I'm sure the webmaster would be interested to hear from you.

Re: German soldier...Franz Kriss

Posted: 6 Aug 2012 5:55AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you so much for this information. I did find something similar on another website, with info on where his grave is located. I wonder now how I could possibly find out if he has any descendants, a widow, etc.

Do you think the webmaster could shed light on this?

Thank you,
Carol (Speckman) Wheelis

Re: German soldier...Franz Kriss

Posted: 6 Aug 2012 3:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
It appears that his birthplace "Roitsch" is located in Saxony-Anhalt with the spelling Roitzsch - however, there appear to be two such places. Infanterie-Regiment 16 is associated with Oldenburg so it only stands to reason that he would have resided there. The regiment is perpetuated by Panzerbataillon 314:

http://www.pzbtl314.de/oldenburgische.htm

After the war, the veterans of IR16 formed a regimental association (Kameradschaft "Oldenburgische Infanterie") along with veterans of the First World War from IR91. I have an interest in the regiment from the first war and so it turns that some time ago I managed to some of the association's newsletters. I will check them over the next few days to see if there is anything about him in any of them.

I'm wondering if the documents that you have would be his Soldbuch:

http://www.soldbuchweb.com/sbpg02.htm

The surname is extremely uncommon in Germany; there are only four telephone book listings with the name (five if you include Kriß):

http://www.verwandt.de/karten/absolut/kriss.html

http://www.verwandt.de/karten/absolut/kri%25C3%259F.html

Not sure about contacting people out of the blue about something like this, esp. when it deals with WW2.

Re: German soldier...Franz Kriss

Posted: 22 Dec 2012 6:23AM GMT
Classification: Query
Ken,
I found my old post on here, and thought I'd update you with what I found out. Amazingly, I was able to find Franz Kriss' widow and daughter, who are still living. I went to a website either you, or someone else, told me about on here. Very shortly after that, I got a reply in German, which I had a hard time translating. Before I had time to translate it, within days, I received an email from the daughter of Franz...Barbara, who is in her 60's. Her mother, Franz' widow Ruth, is 92, and in good health. Ruth never remarried after Franz died, and of course Barbara did not remember her father...so to suddenly hear that we had their husband's/father's belongings that were on him when he died, was amazing to them. Since then, Barbara and I have been corresponding..she speaks/writes perfect English, which helps a lot! So...Major Kriss' Soldbuch has been sent to Germany by my friend, and is due to arrive (hopefully!) on Christmas Eve as a Christmas gift for them. Its a truly remarkable story, and I couldn't have done it without the help of you here on Ancestry! So, THANK YOU and Merry Christmas!!
Carol
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