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Papers Please!: Identity Documents, Permits and Authorizations of the Third Reich Hardcover – June 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Victory WW2 Publishing Ltd; First edition (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0910667365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910667364
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ray Cowdery born 1941 in the USA, career in international business. Has studied Nazi Party identity documentation for over 25 years in the United States and in Europe. Author of two best selling volumes of the history of the World War II jeep. Josephine Cowdery born 1963 in the Netherlands. Career in international travel and fluent in five languages. Has researched origins and historical locations of the Nazi Party in Germany for over 10 years.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Paul Penman on November 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This study of the arcane field of identification documents in the Third Reich is a remarkably solid and detailed contribution to its subject. The book is produced on photographic plate paper and the illustrations of the various examples-the German Army Soldbuecher, the Wehrmacht Drivers' Licenses, the Arbeitsbuecher (Employment Idenfication Documents), the Hunting Permits, the members-artists, actors, composers, puppeteers! of the Reichskulturkammer, the German Red Cross IDs-are lavishly illustrated and expertly glossed and elucidated. One example concerns the Soldbuch of which the joint authors, Ray and Josephine Cowdery, write as follows: "While American and English speakers would probably assume a `Soldbuch' to be a `pay book' in which a solder's monthly pay was recorded, the name Soldbuch in German is applied to the authority itself; in other words, the holder of a Soldbuch had the authority to draw pay. Little or no `pay' was ever recorded in it in most cases." The authors travelled in the old German Democratic Republic, observed that every time they "crossed the border we entered a perceptible time warp in identity documentation. The East German police were operating their border crossing stations according to policies and procedures that had been established during the Third Reich." Highly recommended for the buff, the collector, and all those with a taste for what C.P. Snow once termed "old brandy"-the rare, the off-beat and the esoteric.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donald J. Borja on April 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Not only is this book a must for every reenactor (usually required to have reproduction documents), this book should be required reading for anyone interested in how the German people were well organized during WWII. Plenty of color photos of documents and detailed line-by-line descriptions. This book will also give an idea of daily life in Germany and the strict control placed on the civilian population as well. If you ever run across an old German document at a flea market or an auction... or if you are a WWII German reenactor, this book will provide plenty of information. I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Quintin Trammell on January 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have mixed feelings about this book. It is hard back with glossy pages which I really like. The photos are very clear and easy to read. I really liked the section on the Soldbuch. It explained the book in detail. The book also had a lot of good general information, background, tables, charts, and appendices.I have a number of faults with the book. The book would talk about a section of a document and display a photo but upon examination, the photo often was not the part of the document being explained. I also noticed incorrect word forms. One prominent one was on the back cover. The book also covered a number of documents I had no interest in (not the fault of the authors) such as the bombing victim's pass, employmnet documents, train passes, border id cards, driving permits, Bicyclist Association ID card, civil servants, Red Cross, etc. Now, that is not really the fault of the book but my own interest. If you are looking for information on these items, I would recommend the book. For the price, it is certainly worth adding to your library if you desire to know more about these documents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Magnusson on August 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book gives you a good overview and is a ecxellent starting point for anyone who wish to research in the german ID cards, and togehter with German Third Reich Era Documents, Volume Two: Military Documents it gives a detailed overview of the pappers used by the third reich.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By seahawk11 on September 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book started me on the road to collecting these types of documents and now I can't stop. Before you go and buy your first soldbuch, or whatever, get this book so you know what you're looking at. Absolutely great descriptions, pictures, charts, etc...
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