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Front:Typewritten page beginning with "Liebste Hedy" and ends with handwritten "Lola"; Back: Four postage stamps, two red, 2 green, two "MIT FLUGPOST POST AVION" stamps
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Austria had been annexed by Nazi Germany in March 1938, the so-called Anschluss, the month before this airmail postcard was written by Lola Feiner, living in Vienna, to Hedy Finkelmann in Palestine. After the annexation, Jews were chased through the streets, compelled to wash sidewalks, beaten, and Jewish businesses and residences were pillaged. Thousands of Austrians who opposed Nazi rule were sent to concentration camps. Statements of assets were required of all Jews. The Nuremberg Laws followed. By May, Jews lost their civil liberties, and were forced to wear the yellow star. Kristallnacht occurred in November. Synagogues were destroyed and many Jews sent to Dachau. Property was confiscated. This is the context for the postcard that Lola sends to Hedy expressing fear over the circumstances she is immersed in, and asking for assistance.
4 1/8 x 5 3/4"
Lola Feiner, Vienna, Austria, Hedy Finkelmann, Anschluss, Palestine
1933-1938: Nazification and Early Stages of Persecution: Identification, Expropriation and Aryanization; and Emigration; First Concentration Camps; Sterilization and Euthanasia Program; Internment Camps
"Postcard Airmail from Vienna to Palestine After Anschluss" (1938). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2016.1.19.