This assessment for Kahn was competed by Adolf Diekmann on the same day that Sylvester Stadler completed Diekmann's own assessment. It is obvious from what is written, that Kahn is still adjusting to his changed role from that of military policeman to a Panzer Grenadier officer (both roles were within Das Reich Division). Knowing what happened at Oradour just 9 days later it is interesting to note that Kahn was, "willing to take great responsibility", "easily stirred into action" and was "zealous and diligent".
Unfortunately the original of this document seems to have been typed on tissue paper, with the result that the text is smudged and has bled through from front to back and vice versa. The rendition below is my best attempt to date with this material, but it must be admitted that some words may have been transcribed incorrectly. However I am confident that my interpretation is true to the spirit of the original. If at all possible I will have another attempt at getting a better copy to work from in the future. Comments below are in italics.
Assessment for 1. 6. 1944.
Assessment notes for Hauptsturmführer Otto Kahn.
Serious, matured personality, open and willing to take great responsibility, zealous
and diligent, purposeful quiet and reliable, easily stirred into action.
Mental and physical disposition good, his official knowledge and performance are good
because he commands well, despite lesser-practical experience (Kahn had recently been
transferred from the military police to the infantry and was thus unfamiliar with his new
Composure and manner before the ranks is confident and assured, off duty his perfect
behaviour makes him liked in the circle of comrades. His NCO's and men find that he is a
strict, but just and careful leader, he understands when to improvise (at the trial in
Bordeaux in 1953, Georg René Boos said that Kahn was "a hard man").
Consolidated ideologically, lecture subject spirited and stirring, ordering (of
subject matter?) must become even more relaxed and assured (Kahn was not a Nazi
Party member, but evidently subscribed to their beliefs).
Has exposed himself through bravery and calmness in front of the enemy. Kahn has filled
his present service position despite the short changeover from the military police to
Panzer Grenadier officer.
- 0 - (it is assumed this mark equates to a 'nil' entry for this section).
He has been given notice of the shortcomings. (the text is non-too clear in the original, but I am sure that this is correct)
Diekmann ........ SS-Sturmbannführer and Battalion Commander
Comment of the next rank higher
Stadler ............ SS-Standartenführer and Regimental Commander (Stadler signed the form without making any comment at all, which I assume means that he agreed with the contents).
© Michael Williams minor revision March 2007