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Object ID

2014.1.251

Object Name

Postcard

Date

5-23-1939

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Front: Tan postcard with black printed postcard lines and text. Includes writing in black ink, two red postage stamps and three black hand stamps.

Back: Message written in black ink on printed lines.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: The western Ukrainian town of Lutsk was the home of the oldest Jewish settlements in the Volhyn region, dating back to the 14th century. The Nazis occupied Lutsk on June 16, 1941, and soon after 2,000 Jews were transported into the Lubbard Fortress and murdered. Jews were then herded into the ghetto in December of that year. In August 1942, 17,000 more Jews were liquidated. A labor camp was established in Lutsk, and in December 1942 -- having been informed by a Christian woman that the labor camp was not to be liquidated -- the Jews, led by Joel Szczerbat, rose up in revolt. Armed with nothing more than knives, iron bars, bricks, and several revolvers and shotguns, they held of the grenade-hurling Nazis and Ukrainian police for more than twelve hours before they were finally overcome. Rather than die at the hands of their captors, fifty of the resistors chose their own death by hanging. The Lutsk revolt predates the Warsaw Ghetto uprisings by four months.

Dimensions

4 1/4 x 5 3/4"

Keywords

Lutsk, Ukraine, Palestine

Postcard from Lutsk with Yiddish Writing

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