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Booklet - 'Der Ahnenpass', Third Reich, Germany, circa 1937 Document Reg. No: HT 16983

Booklet, Der Ahnenpass, which belonged to Othimar Wieser. An Ahnenpass was a standard booklet issued in the Third Reich in Germany. In it people recorded their Ayran ancestry, which they were required to trace back at least four generations to avoid being categorized as Jewish. Othimar brought the booklet with him when he migrated to Australia from Germany with his family in 1951. Every member of the family had one of these booklets. The Wieser family's migration experience, is one of statelessness and displacement, both during World War II and afterwards, and of continual movement and fracturing of the family upon their arrival in Australia.
Small booklet, with forty-eight pages. It is inscribed on cover 'Der Ahnenpass ' (which translates as Passport of Ancestors) and with the eagle symbol of the Third Reich. The pages of the booklet are divided into sections where family histories are documented and officially stamped. The frontpiece page records the passport as being for Othimar Wieser, in Innsbruck.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Dr Claire French, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 205 mm (Height), 134 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: german immigration, german communities, cultural identity, government policies, racism, racial identity, identifications, gottfrid woltmann, world war ii 1939-1945
Themes this item is part of: Wieser Family Collection, Wieser Family, German Migrants, 1951, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: identification
Inscriptions: Text, front cover in blue ink: Der Ahnenpass.
Issued By: German Reich, Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria, 1944
User: Mr Othimar Wieser, Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria, circa 1937

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