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2012.1.517 & 518a-c

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Envelope: Grey envelope with typewritten address to Georg Eckstein in New York City. Includes handwritten return address and censor tape on back.Letters: Typewritten letters on thin paper. Includes handwritten additions.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: One of two letters to George Eckstein (2012.1.517 & 2012.1.519). Eckstein was a Jew who escaped from Nazi Europe and who attempted to aid others in their attempts to flee. This envelope was postmarked from Breslau on June 27, 1940, the day after the enclosed letters were dated. The return address has the Jewish designation Gertrude Sara Cohen, and the envelope was taken to the post office and presented to a clerk for mailing, as provided by regulations requiring Jews to present outgoing foreign mail in person rather than use a letter box. The purple rubber stamp on the face of the envelope confirms that the rule was followed, "Delivered at the counter." Although the envelope lacks the typical pair of rubber stamped numerals within small rectangles, the pencil notations on the front may be the censor numbers. The same notations are found on each sheet of the enclosed correspondence. The language of the correspondence has Austrian phrases, suggesting that the writer was from the southern part of Germany, and the quality of the German language is poor, as is the punctuation.


4 1/2 x 6 1/4"


Gertrude Sara Cohen, Georg Eckstein, Breslau, Air mail, New York, Reich Seal



Correspondence to George Eckstein



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