The final document I managed to salvage from the flea market is undoubtably the most interesting of them all. It actually puts a face to one of the citizens of Germany during the war. It was a grey linen Kennkarte (identification card).
The Kennkarte was the basic identity document in use during the Third Reich era. They were normally obtained through a police precinct and had the corresponding issuing office and official’s stamps on them. Every German citizen was issued one and was expected to produce it when confronted by officials.
The colour of a Kennkarte was based on ethnicity. Poles had grey ones; Jews and Romas, yellow; Russians and other non-Polish Slavs blue. This one is grey and belongs to a 24 year old Polish man. It says he was a mechanic and in the any notes of interest section it says “None”. If the Kennkarte belonged to someone of Jewish heritage it would have a large “J” stamped on it.
It is strange to think that this man could still be alive somewhere, he may have escaped the bombs and the fighting and be living out his life somewhere with family. It’s possible, but unlikely we’ll ever find out. I hope he did.