Austro-Hungarian military records from WWI #austria-czech #records


Jeffrey Knisbacher
 

Over the many years that I have been researching my father's family, I was under the false impression that my paternal grandfather Isak Moses Knisbacher (for whom I am named) had served in the German army, where those service records were destroyed in the American bombings of Berlin in 1945. Recently I discovered a letter that my father had written years ago that stated specifically that his father had served in the Austro-Hungarian army. With new hope I sent off  a letter to the Austrian Embassy, which forwarded my request to the War Archive (Kriegsarchiv) in Vienna. Today I was quite disappointed with the response that I copy below in the original German. It basically says that in accord with the armistice agreements of 1919 (St. Germain), all of those files for servicemen living outside the present boundaries of Austria (my father had moved to Berlin around 1910), except for "subsidiary" hospitalization, decoration and other matters, were left  in the successor states of Austrian Empire where they were MOSTLY (my emphasis) destroyed. For my father's  home town of Lysiec, Galicia that would presumably mean Poland, the USSR and now Ukraine. Has anyone had success in searching for and retrieving any such military service documents?   Jeff Knisbacher, Lakewood Ranch, FL

 

KNISBACHER Jeffrey - Isak Moses Knisbacher, *1888
Sehr geehrter Herr Knisbacher!
Die Personalunterlagen der k. u. k. bewaffneten Macht (Militär-Grundbuchsblätter und Stellungslisten) für die Geburtsjahrgänge 1850-1900, sofern sie Personen betreffen, die ihr Heimatrecht außerhalb der Grenzen der heutigen Republik Österreich besessen hatten, sind nach dem Zerfall der Habsburger Monarchie (1918) nicht in das Wiener Kriegsarchiv gelangt. Sie sind gemäß den Friedensbestimmungen von Saint-Germain (1919) in den Nachfolgestaaten verblieben, wo sie zum Großteil vernichtet wurden.
Das Kriegsarchiv Wien verwahrt lediglich subsidiäre Unterlagen über Auszeichnungen und Kriegsverluste des Ersten Weltkrieges 1914-1918 (Belohnungsanträge, Spitalsvormerkblätter sowie Karteien von Gefallenen, Verwundeten, Vermissten und Kriegsgefangenen).
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Wien, am 23. August 2021
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