Sunday, October 28, 2007

Nazi memorabilium

The wife's aunt found an interesting doodad in her house:

The AGW Hive Mind (grumpy old men who used to beat each other to virtual hell in a flight sim and now do so over eveything else) helped me find out what it is.

I was able to decipher the German myself. A Landrat is the district administrator, sort of the mayor of a county, and des Kreisses Euskirchen means the district of Euskirchen, which is on the border with Belgium. The hive mind helped me find out what this was, however.

It's a licence plate tag, which would allow the Landrat to park anywhere, sort of like a New York City doctor. The Hive Mind found two other examples out there.

I'm still left with a few puzzles. How was it attached to the licence plate? Who took it from the Landrat's car? What was it doing in the house my wife's grandfather built - he didn't serve in the war and he certainly didn't hoard Nazi goodies out of pride.


Blogger Naila J. said...

Interesting... and not at all what I expected when I saw the title of your post.

October 29, 2007 9:24 AM  
Blogger falk said...

hello , i hope i can help.
this is a part of each licence plate since the year 1939 . the landrat is the governor , which allowa with this " sticker " to use the vehicle on the road . it was special rivited on the plate , therefore is the hole . the factory of this was 10 mls near my home.if you want more information
write to falk
iam also interested on this item
From germany

December 19, 2008 8:07 PM  

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