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(Baron) Werner Otto von Alvenslaben

Microfilmed May 5 1966

SUBJECT: Baron Werner Otto von ALVENSLEBEN  28 September 1945

1. The following information is taken from statements reportedly made by the subject himself:

a) Born 23 April 1913, Berlin, the son of Baron Werner von ALVENSLEBEN, Captain in the German Imperial Army and former German Ambassador to Czarist Russia.

b) 6' 1" tall, slim build, light brown hair, blue eyes, pro-nounced scar from lobe of left ear to point of chin.

c) Subject joined the Bavarian Military Police at Munich in 1932 at the age of 19 with the rank of Cadet. One statement declares he never was a member of the Nazi Party, but another statement says he joined the Nazi front at about the same time he joined the Bavarian Police. he took an active part as a member of the Bavarian Police in the street fighting that took place in 1932 and 1933 between the Nazis and their adversaries, being wounded on one occasion. He was given the task of sabotaging vital installations in the Tyrol border district by HIMLER, then the head of the Bavarian Military Police. While subject was in the Austrian Tyrol district an attempt was made to assassinate Dr. STEDEL, an Austrian official. Subject was arrested by the Austrian Police, tried and found guilty on the charge of 1) being an accessory before the fact in the attempt to assassinate Dr. STEIDEL, and 2) being concerned in certain attempts to destroy government propeerty. Subject was sentenced to three years imprisonment in Political Prison [an officer taking one statement from subject says that subject admitted in confidence, but declined to sign the admission that he had been sent to Austria with definite instructions to carry out the assassination of SEIDEL.]

d) Subject served some three months of his term being released on exchange 31 December 1933. he was taken into custody by the Bavarian Police the following day at the German border and released after a few days. Subject states that he was in no way connected with an attempt to assassinate Major FEY, Austrian Minister of Police, and was never questioned by Police in this matter. He states that Austrian newspapers unjustifiably connected his name with this case.

e) Subject returned to the Bavarian Police in January 1934, attending a Military Training College at MUNICH. He was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Bavarian Military Police in June 1934.

f) On 30 June 1934 subject was arrested together with his father in the "Blood Purge". He was taken to Berlin and released after a few days. Berlin papers falsely reported that the subject and his father had


Another document reports:

14 October 1944

TO: Lt. Luther, African Desk, SI
FROM: Captain j.R. Blaine, X-2
SUBJECT: Personnel Information.

1. Ferriera, Ernesto Santos....

2. Alvensleben, (Baron) Werner Otto von. - handwritten note: agent of Western Intelligence  & double agent.

Son of Count Werner von Alvenseben, former German Ambassador to Czarist Russia, Prussian junker, reported ardent Nazi......Arrested during the blood purge of 1934, taken to Berlin. Released, rearrested, held until April, 1935. Arrived in Capetown May, 1934 (?). Worked Blue Bird Transport Company and German Auto Union in Johannesburg. Returned to Capetown, went to Rhodesia October, 1934 (?). Employed for several years at various mines in Rhodesia. Reported engaged to daughter of Guest, Minister of Colony. Interned at Salisbury, 1939. Made his way with German Emil Rohe into Portuguese East Africa. Arrived Laurenco Marques 3/4/41.

According to Olaf Waldemar Andrrssen, he, subject, Palu Bartig, and Hans Georg Dodek are on Nazi proscribed list.

* Subject and Dedek reportedly circulated among Germans in Laurenco Marques a manifesto on recent attempt on Hitler's life. Aroused opposition of Werz and TRompke.

Employed a sub-agent, Masser. FNO on behalf of Allies. Masser recently deported to Germany.

Handwritten note: Worked for (Baron) Werner Otto von Alvenslaben for Western Intelligence in Lawrenco Marques, Portuguese East Africa

"According to Olaf Waldemar Andressen, he subject, Palu Bartig, and Hans Georg Dodek are on Nazi prescribed list.
x Subject and Dedek reportedly circulated among Germans in Laurenco Marques a manifesto on recent attempt on Hitler's life. Aroused opposition of Werz and Trompke."

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