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Wilhelm Ohnesorge birthday card and telegrams

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2458

Scope and Contents

Portfolio of six telegrams and birthday cards addressed to Ohnesorge celebrating his 70th birthday in 1942. Items include drawings of German scenes, including images of ships, landscapes, and Adolf Hitler.


  • 1941-1944


Language of Materials

Materials are in German.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Wilhelm Ohnesorge birthday card and telegrams must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The Deutsche Reichspost was the German central postal service. Established in 1871, it was officially known as the Kaiserliche Post und Telegraphenverwaltung. The Reichspost ceased operations at the end of World War II in 1945.

Biographical History

Wilhelm Ohnesorge (1872-1962) was a German politician and postal minister.

Karl Wilhelm Ohnesorge was born on June 8, 1872 in Gräfenhainichen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. He was an early member of the National Socialist German Worker's (Nazi) Party, founding a branch of the organization in Dortmund. With the rise of the Nazis to power, Ohnesorge became Reichspostminister (minister of the national post office) in 1937. During his tenure he researched the use of the post office and radio services to spread propaganda. He was also involved in the proposed developed of an atomic weapon. He left the post office in 1945 at the end of World War II. He died in Munich on February 1, 1962.


6 items


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Register of Wilhelm Ohnesorge birthday card and telegrams
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 15
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States