Felix Fechenbach had become an active official in the labour movement. During this time he went to continuation school to extend his elementary knowledge.
On 30th August 1914, he received a letter of conscription to active service. In February 1915 he was wounded whilst out on patrol. In March he wrote cheerfully from the military hospital in Pforzheim: "Now I only have a shot wound, a bladder infection, two boils and six endocrine glands - otherwise I feel fine". He was awarded the Iron Cross, Class II.
Looking through the writings of Grete (Margarete Fechenbach) I found this postcard from 1915.
And on the reverse side of the postcard It says
in possession of your worthy letter, I hereby give you my sincerest thanks. As counterpart to your slim photograph, I send you mine."
Thanks to Dietrich Heißenbüttel for the translation.
I have uncover new information on Hermann Fechenbach’s twin sister Rosel Fechenbach and Family.
Rosel was married to Rudolf Blumenfeld (born 17th November 1880 in Creglingen / Mergentheim / Württemberg), Rudolf was imprisoned from 10th November 1938 to 19th December 1938 in Dachau concentration camp, while he and his family waiting in vain for permission to enter the United States.
Their daughter Hanna (born on 19th February 1924 in Bad Mergentheim) was imprisoned on 6th August 1941 at the small town of Unterschleißheim Bavaria, Germany, located about 17 km north of the city limits of Munich, at a forced labor camp (Flachsröste Lohhof).
On the 20th November 1941, Rudolf, Rosel and their daughter Hanna where deported from München (Munich) to Fort IX near Kaunas (Kowno), west of Vilna (Vilnius), Lithuania. Where on 25th November 1941 the entire family was murdered by Einsatzkommando 3 of Einsatzgruppe A (a mobile killing squad made up of SS and Gestapo, together with German police forces and Lithuanian auxiliaries).
See Notes for more information
Notes: Einsatzgruppen (German: special-ops units) were paramilitary groups originally formed in 1938 under the direction of Reinhard Heydrich – Chief of the SD, and Sicherheitspolizei (Security Police; SiPo). They were operated by the Schutzstaffel (SS). The first Einsatzgruppen of World War II were formed in the course of the 1939 invasion of Poland. Then following a Hitler-Himmler directive, the Einsatzgruppen were re-formed in anticipation of the 1941 invasion of the Soviet Union. The Einsatzgruppen were once again under the control of Reinhard Heydrich as Chief of the Reich Main Security Office (RSHA); and after his assassination, under the control of his successor, Ernst Kaltenbrunner.
The Einsatzkommando 3 of Einsatzgruppe A, was at that time commanded by Karl Jäger with a running total of their killings of 136,421 Jews (46,403 men 55,556 women, 34,464 children), 1,064 Communists, 653 mentally disabled, and 134 others, from 2 July-1 December 1941.