One-of-a-Kind, Named High Ranking German War Time Veterinarian Tunic-This very special tunic belong to Dr. Richard Kantorowicz who was a WWI veteran, multiple medal winner, founding member of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), member of the Reichsbund jüdische Frontsoldaten (RjF) and Freemasons, as well as holding the post of Stabsveterinär des Landsturms (Staff Veterinarian of the Militia). The tunic is great and I cant wait to tell you about it but first here is the story behind the man, Jewish Dr. Richard Kantorowicz......
1885 Family moved from Posen to Berlin
1892 Attended high school at Königsstädtischen Realgymnasium
1892-97 Studies in Berlin
1898 Volunteers for 1 year of military service
1914-18 Serves in WWI as ober stabs and divisionsveterinär, awarded the EKI, EKII and wound badge
1929 Marries Anna Johanna Berta Woop, a German protestant
1935 Forced to sell his home at a fixed price
1938 Right to practice revoked
Most likely survived the war due to his mixed marriage (in spite of numerous Gestapo interrogations)
1945 Is one of the founding members of the CDU in Berlin
1948 Doctor title reinstated
24 May 1949 passes away in Berlin
The following is a statement from his wife....
"Our standard of living was higher than the average citizen. We had a 9 room apartment at Kurfürstendamm 211, 4 rooms for the veterinary practice, 4-5 for a living space. We had two maids, traveled twice a year and had a car with a chauffer."
In July 1941 in the German language Jewish magazine "Aufbau" (published in New York) published an obituary for "The Vet of Berlin".
More from his wife....
".....originally he wanted to be a gynecologist but that would never have worked, he was much too rough."
He studied psychology in Heidelberg. In 1898 he refused a professor position at Berlin University because he would have to be baptized.
Continues his wife.....
"When the Nazis came it was initially business as usual, the waiting room was fuller than ever. Some people slipped in through the back door, but the came anyway. In 1933 he was forced to move. When the move took place, all of the patients followed, it was like Noah's Ark moving down the Kurfürstendamm." In 1935 he had to evacuate the new apartment, forced out by Reichsapothekerführer Schmierer. Soon there was an unofficial order to dissolve the vet practice. He moved with his wife to Wannsee, their neighbor was Graf von Stauffenberg.
How did things continue? The Nazi's didnt kill him like they did his brother. He was ordered to report to the Gestapo a few times and they "screwed him around" but nothing more. Maybe this was because a number of highly placed Nazi's needed him for their dogs, cats and birds. Old patients brought their dear animals to him, secretly, at night. "I am not allowed to! Go away! protested the doctor "I say this for your own safety!". Sometimes he would be warned in the middle of the night that the authorities were planning to arrest him, or received coded warnings "If the dog is not handled right away he will die!" but the old doctor refused to flee....."I love Germany!".
The above text, as well as lots more, is included with the grouping. This also includes a picture of the doctor. Now, onto the star of the show, the jacket! It is a top quality, private purchase example in green wool. There is very minor wear (mostly to the right shoulder area) and discoloration only. There is a very small repair to the lower right, barely worth a mention. This WWI era tunic has an eight button (crown) closure and two hip pockets with rounded flaps. The cuffs are lightly frenched and there is a lay down collar. Similar to a waffenrock, this is piped in crimson along both edges (and the top) of the closure as well as along the scallops of the tail. All of the buttons are the WWI type with the crown. The front and lower edges of the collar as well as along the cuffs is piped in black. Onto the insignia, which are period original but not original to this tunic. The collar tabs and shoulder straps have been professionally reapplied and exactly the type that this would have originally had. The tabs are produced in dark green wool with matte gray metal columns. They have gilt metal trim and crimson piping. The slip on shoulder straps have a crimson badge cloth that doubles as the piping. The face is toned silver flat wire braid with black interwoven "v's" throughout. Also seen are two pips and a serpent in gilt finished metal. His rank was roughly that of a captain. The interior is fully lined in green rayon. There is some wear and discoloration from use, especially at the arm pit area. There are a few sections that have been repaired as well. The sleeves are lined in white cotton/rayon blend material. There are (were, some are covered up) ink stamps inside the sleeve that are from when this tunic belonged to a theatrical group in Germany. There is a single pocket on the left side. Inside is a name tag that reads "Stabsveterinär Dr. Kantorowicz Feld- Art. Regt. 217". The tunic is a size medium. A truly unique and historical piece of militaria!
Please note that any "accessories" (i.e. medals, badges, belts etc.) are NOT included unless stated in description!
- Item #: U-094