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Object ID

2015.2.189

Object Name

Letter

Date

11-8-1944

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Description

Front: White paper with printed return address in upper left corner, a red cross in the middle, and the date to the right. Typewritten message with blue cursive ink written onto the blanks with a signature on the right. Bottom left has a white stamp with a black and white photo of a young woman with dark hair in a coat. To the right of the black and white stamp is a purple hand stamp with a cross in the middle.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Life-saving document issued to an Hungarian Jewish physician's wife attesting Swedish citizenship and hence, the person carrying it was under "special Swedish protection." Swedish Red Cross stamp to the right of picture of bearer of document. Valdemar Langlet, a Swedish publisher, and his wife Nina, are credited with saving the lives of many Hungarian Jews by providing such letters of protection claiming that the individuals(s) was awaiting Swedish nationality. The Langlets as well arranged for safe houses and orphanages, homes and apartments, for the beleaguered Jews who were threatened with deportation. Indeed, the Langlets inspired Raoul Wallenberg's efforts to save the Jews of Budapest. Both Valdemar and Nina were honored in 1965 as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.

Dimensions

11 1/2 x 8 1/4"

Keywords

Red Cross, Doctor, citizenship, Swedish Red Cross, Red Cross stamp, Righteous Among the Nations, Langlet

Letter of Protection For Wife of a Doctor Signed by Valdemar Langlet

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