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Gottlieb Schwarz- Helmut Weiler World War I and II correspondence


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Gottlieb Schwarz- Helmut Weiler World War I and II correspondence, 1914-1944 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Aaron Lisec and Tanja Burkhard

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Title: Gottlieb Schwarz- Helmut Weiler World War I and II correspondence, 1914-1944Add to your cart.

ID: 1/7/MSS 326

Extent: 3.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Date Acquired: 04/21/2005

Subjects: World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1939-1945

Forms of Material: Diaries., Soldiers - Germany - Correspondence, Soldiers - Germany - Photographs, World War, 1914-1918 - Personal narratives, German

Languages: German


Letters and papers documenting the German Army service of Gottlieb Schwarz (World War I and II) and Helmut Weiler (World War II).

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Pocket diaries, postcards, and official documents covering the World War I service of Gottlieb Schwarz (rank: Unteroffizier, promoted to Sergeant in 1918).  Includes letters from his brother Daniel Schwarz, a book of proverbs, two calendars, and his military identification books: Militarpass (World War I) and Wehrpass (World War II). Also includes a chronological list of World War I battles fought and newspaper clippings. The diaries describe positions, action taken, advances, lists of soldiers and their exact locations by tent, handwritten poems and Morse code information.

Several hundred letters, postcards, and other papers documenting the World War II service of Helmut Weiler (private first class).  Correspondents include his parents Maria and Anton (a forest ranger), sister Hilde, Karl Rimpp (friend), Gottfried Mueller (friend),  uncle Paul Weiler, aunt Melitta Weiler, and Ludwig Käshammer (friend).  The letters from Anton and Maria Weiler to Helmut become more desolate towards the end of 1943. They describe evacuations, bombings and news of many fallen friends and family members. Helmut is involved in military action in Africa and Italy, but exact places are never mentioned.  Also includes three newspapers and several newspaper clippings, a booklet for converting dollars to goldmarks, and a German propaganda leaflet, in English, targeting American and British troops landing at Nettuno, Italy, in early 1944.

Two folders of photographs depict the two wars including portraits of both soldiers and their comrades.

Collection Historical Note

Gottlieb Schwarz was born May 20, 1892 and lived in Stuttgart.

The Weiler family lived in Rottweil.  Helmut was born September 15, 1921, and died in March 1944 in Italy, where he is buried near Rome.

Subject/Index Terms

World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1939-1945

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted

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Acquisition Source: Charles Apfelbaum

Acquisition Method: Purchase

Preferred Citation: [Item], Gottlieb Schwarz - Helmut Weiler World War I and II correspondence, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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Folder 1: Correspondence, 1942 JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1942 AugustAdd to your cart.
08/5/1942: Anton responds to Helmut’s letter, in which he had complained about unpleasant officers. He reminds him of the family’s longstanding history in the military and reminds him to stay strong. He also notes that Helmut is suffering from the lack of food and promises to send packages. Helmut is not stationed in the East, but on the coast of Flanders (Belgium).
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1942 September-OctoberAdd to your cart.

09/01/42: Helmut writes about his injured foot and his hopes of being able to walk again

10/11/1942: Helmut is promoted from ‘Soldat’ to ‘Gefreiter (Private First Class)

10/26/42: Helmut (04/16) is sick (high fever) and in a Viennese military hospital

Folder 4: Correspondence, 1942 NovemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1942 DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1943 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1943 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
02/25/43: Helmut is injured again during an air raid
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1943 March-AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1943 May-JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1943 July-AugustAdd to your cart.
8/16/43: In a letter to Helmut, Anton talks about the recent demise of Ludwig Käshammer, who fell in ‘Catania.’ Because the territory was lost, his personal effects could not be sent home.
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1943 September-DecemberAdd to your cart.

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