Prisoners could apply to have individual possessions returned to them from the personal effects storage room. This was usually only permitted if a prisoner functionary needed the items for his or her work, however. Martin Kachler, for example, was a room elder in Dachau who needed his pocket watch in order to complete all of his tasks punctually. Kachler was granted approval for the watch. These are the types of objects that were supposed to be returned with the deceased prisoner property report to ensure that the items listed on the personal effects storage room card corresponded with the deceased prisoner’s belongings.