Author Topic: Dorschke Family of Upper Silesia  (Read 2579 times)

Offline briankaess

  • RootsChat Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 163
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Arnold Dorschke's Military Unit in WWII
« Reply #9 on: Sunday 30 July 17 01:12 BST (UK) »
German Red Cross has Arnold Dorschke's (1925-1945) unit as Kompanie 3, 223 Grenadier-Regiment. Volksbund has his unit as 3./Gr.R.564  ; This would stand for 3rd Kompanie, 564 Grenadier-Regiment. The 2nd unit was part of the 154th Infantry Division- a division formed in the last year of the war at Oderberg, Germany.
 The first unit, as Grenadier-(Feldausbildungs-) Regiment 223, was part of the 154th (Feldausbildungs-) Division and fought in North Ukraine. This division transitioned into the 2nd unit- the 154th Infantry Division.
  It was once believed that Arnold had fought in the 16th Volksgrenadier Division but this possibility seems less likely.

RootsChat is the busiest, largest free family history forum site in the country. It is completely free to use. Register now.
Also register instantly with Facebook or Twitter (and other social networks). Start your genealogy search now.


Offline briankaess

  • RootsChat Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 163
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Dorschke Family of Upper Silesia
« Reply #10 on: Monday 20 November 17 15:18 GMT (UK) »
To gain a perspective of what the Dorschke's might have exerienced after WWII, see the following work: A Terrible Revenge: The Ethnic Cleansing of the East European Germans, 1944–1950 , by Alfred-Maurice de Zayas, St. Martin's Press, New York, 2006.

RootsChat is the busiest, largest free family history forum site in the country. It is completely free to use. Register now.
Also register instantly with Facebook or Twitter (and other social networks). Start your genealogy search now.


Offline briankaess

  • RootsChat Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 163
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Dorschke Family of Upper Silesia
« Reply #11 on: Sunday 08 April 18 17:02 BST (UK) »
The town history book (Heimatbuch) for Ratibor is Ratibor- Stadt und Land and der oberen Oder. Ein Heimatbuch. Author is Alois Kosler, pub. 1980.

Offline briankaess

  • RootsChat Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 163
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Dorschke Family of Upper Silesia
« Reply #12 on: Tuesday 17 April 18 23:27 BST (UK) »
The following are from a 1938 address book for Ratibor, Germany.
1) page 38, listing Viktor Dorschke (Arbeiter) , Marie Dorschke (Arbeiterin) on Memel str. 13, and Eduard Dorschke, on Melfenweg 11.
2) page 198, listing residents of Memel str. 13, including Victor Dorschke.

 Memel str. may also have been known as Bosatzer str. , which is located on the North side of Ratibor, North of the Oder River. This latter info comes from a book about Ratibor, called 'Ratibor, einst und jetzt', by Paul J. Newerla, pub. 1998.

Offline briankaess

  • RootsChat Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 163
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Dorschke Family of Upper Silesia
« Reply #13 on: Thursday 19 April 18 19:13 BST (UK) »
The former "Bosatzer Straße" was renamed "Memelstrasse" in 1938. That's why you cannot find this street on the 1933 map. Memel str. shows up on a 1942 map of Ratibor.

Memelstraße was certainly in Ratibor - in the district OSTROG (since 1938 Raciborz-North) - not in Hohenbirken.

"Brzezie" - since about 1907 "Hohenbirken" - belonged to the district Ratibor. After the vote of 1921 Hohenbirken was separated in 1922 from Ratibor County and awarded to Poland (Rybnik). The village was again called "Brzezie" after 1926 - "Brzezie nad Odrą" (Brzezie an der Oder). In September 1939, when Poland was captured by German troops (and Poland was occupied), the name "Hohenbirken" came into being again. In 1945, when Upper Silesia became Polish, "Brzezie nad Odra" came again. In 1976, Brzezie was associated with the city of Racibórz.

Offline briankaess

  • RootsChat Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 163
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Dorschke Family of Upper Silesia
« Reply #14 on: Tuesday 17 July 18 18:09 BST (UK) »
Viktor Drozdzok (later Dorschke), dob listed as 01.12.1889 and hometown as Hohenbirken, Upper Silesia, is listed in a newspaper account as missing (Vermisst) from his unit on 1919-04-02. His unit is mentioned as Infanterie-Regiment 395 and the Liste as Preussen 1403. Here is a link to the newspaper:
http://des.genealogy.net/search/show/7383489

Offline briankaess

  • RootsChat Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 163
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Dorschke Family of Upper Silesia
« Reply #15 on: Thursday 26 July 18 18:17 BST (UK) »
Viktor Drozdzok (Dorschke)'s address at the time of his wedding (about 1914) may have been Amalien str. 14 in Ratibor. There is a 1938 address for Ingrid Renata Dorschke of Inburtenburg str. 605 in Ratibor. Her relation to the Dorschke family is currently unknown- she may have been a 7th sibling or Cousin (of Dorothea Dorschke).

Offline briankaess

  • RootsChat Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 163
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Viktor Dorschke Nazi Party Record
« Reply #16 on: Tuesday 16 October 18 15:02 BST (UK) »
Below is a translation of a 1934 Nazi Party record for Viktor Dorschke indicating a name change from Viktor Drozdzok. It shows clearly that Viktor Dorschke was a member of the Nazi Party. The translation of a three page document follows:

"N.S.D.A.P. Silesia
Opole the 25th of July. 1934

Received 11.Aug.1934
N.S.D.A.P. Munich

08/14/1934
Herewith we send you the membership card No. 1 681 204 / of the President Viktor Drozdzok from Ratibor, with the request to change the name, since the Pg. Is now called Viktor Dorschke.

In the annex the membership card and a certified copy of the name change.
Heil Hitler!
Stamp of the N.S.D.A.P. Upper Silesia

This change of surname extends to the wife and those minor children of the named, who are under his parental authority and bear his former name

Opole May 29, 1934

The Prussian Government President I.A.
Signed signature
The above copy is in accordance with the original.
Ratibor, June 11, 1934
The mayor as Ortspolizeizeibehorde
Police Directorate
I. A. Gez. signature
Police Inspector
The correctness of this copy certifies
Stamp of the NASDP Ratibor

Index-Abtlg.We.
Munich, 24th August 1934
To the Gauleitung Upper Silesia of the NSDAP

In possession of your letter dated July 25, 1934 (Untergaukartei E), we inform you that on the basis of the document enclosed with your letter, we will use the name of the Pg. Drozdzok no. 1681204 in the Reichskartei have now changed to Dorschke. You will receive a newly created membership card for Pg. Dorschke for transfer.
Heil Hitler!
written note geb. 01/12/1889"

Offline briankaess

  • RootsChat Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 163
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Viktor Dorschke Nazi Party Record
« Reply #17 on: Thursday 18 October 18 19:39 BST (UK) »
There is also a section of the document that translates as follows:
"The small gardener Viktor Drozdzok in Ratibor, Amalienstr., No. 14, born on 1.12.1889 in Hohenbirken Kr. Ratibor introduces the family name Dorschke instead of the previous surname"