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Object ID

2015.2.143

Object Name

Postcard

Date

4-12-1942

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Description

Front: Tan card with writing in black cursive ink.

Back: Black printed postcard lines with writing in black cursive. Includes a purple pasted stamp depicting a building, a black and purple hand stamps, and a long red stamp across the left side.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:

Postcard sent by Selme Grenbaum in Izbica to Helene Schloss in Goteborg, Sweden. "JUDENRAT IZBICA" in violet, message in German and red Nazi censor markings alongside. Izbica is a town in the Lublin district in Poland. The first Jewish families settled in the late 18th century and soon comprised over 90 percent of the population. Izbica was famous as a center for Hassidism. With the German occupation in 1939, Izbica was a transfer point for Jews from other towns in Western Poland, as well as Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. 3000 Jews arrived in December of that year and a Judenrat was established in early 1940. SS-Hauptscharfuhrer Kurt Engels, known for his pathological cruelty, was commandant of the Nazi command and enjoyed terrorizing the area, especially shooting Jews in the morning before breakfast. Most of the 6500 residents were exterminated at Belzec and Sobibor. Thomas Toivi Blatt, who had escaped the death camp at Sobibor, had been a resident of Izbica.

Dimensions

4 x 5 3/4"

Keywords

Ghetto, Reich Seal, Judenrat, Izbica, Goteborg, Sweden, Censor, Hasidism, Poland, Deportation, Belzec, Sobibor, Helene Schloss, Selme Grenbaum

Postcard from Izbica Ghetto

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