bilboleslie wrote: [...] I can find no sign that he had any ties to Eastern Europe, by reason of travel, ethnic heritage, or anything else.[...]
Sorry, I don´t understand this, what do you mean with "by reason.."?
AFAWK at the moment:
1. he studied in Debrecen (Hungary), at the Faculty of Arts
starting Sept. 1937.
2. in November 1939 he attended the German University in Prague (Czech Republic), visiting the juridical
3. then he got the membership card of the Bund Auslanddeutscher Studenten, issued on Dec. 3rd 1939 in Berlin.
That makes me believe that, if he hasn´t german ancients, at least he was a supporter of the Nationalsocialism. Sure I have no proof for this at the moment but that´s my personal oppinion.
Or do you think that a foreigner with no german attitudes would have been affiliated in a NS - association limited for German ethnics in occupied country?