BIRTHDAY POEM FOR OFFICIAL AT OSTHOFEN CONCENTRATION CAMP
A birthday poem sent to an unnamed SS-Obergruppenfuhrer from political supporters and party members of the town of Osthofen, the site of one of the earliest concentration camps in Germany. The poem is hand stamped by the Schutzstaffelfuhrer (SS Leader) Osthofen, the German Frauenorden (German Women’s Order), the Hitler Youth Orstgruppe Osthofen, and signed ‘S.A. TRUPP OSTHOFEN’ in black ink. Osthofen was the site of one of the earliest concentration camps in Germany, established before Dachau. The camp, a former paper factory between the cities of Mainz and Worms along the Rhine, was established by order of SS-Obergruppenfuhrer WERNER BEST on March 6, 1933, used mainly for political prisoners, to eliminate the early political opposition. While the poem is not dated, the references made and form dates the typed document, 8.75 x 11.5 inches, to the first half of 1933. In part ‘for today’s birthdays we wish all the best, and bring the flag as present…may she fly on the house (flag)pole and drive the ‘Mierendorf’s mad with rage, she shall fly, to the horror of the Republicans, prouder than the mustard [yellow color of the German flag of the Weimar Republic] rag, which the wind blows to devil, she may fly proud in the wind, as a future symbol of the coming freedom, for the well being of the German people’. Mierendorf refers to CARL MIERENDORFF, a Social Democrat, who spent five years in concentration camps, beginning in Osthofen in 1933. Most likely the birthday poem was intended for either WERNER BEST or the camp commander, KARL HEINRICH D’ANGELO. Mailing folds, file holes at left.