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Object ID

2019.2.104

Object Name

Passport

Date

1940

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Booklet with 'DEUTSCHES REICH' on cover, 16 pages total with photograph attached on page 3, various handstamps throughout.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:

Rene Lambrechts was a Belgian author and hymnist. During WWII, he had been a liaison officer in the Belgian resistance. Arrested in November 1943, he spent the remainder of the war in various concentration camps, including the infamous Dora-Mittelbau near Nordhausen, where he was severely injured.

After the war Lambrechts wrote “Wir Muselmanner” about his experiences in captivity. Muselmanner is a derogation of Moslems, but in the vernacular of the concentration camps it refers to the walking dead, those prisoners who, dispirited and in increasingly poor physical health give up all hope for survival. Lambrechts also devoted himself to ethnography and hymnology, publishing collections of folk tales and hymns. He co-founded the museum Die Swane and became its first conservator. Rene Lambrechts’ Vorlaufiger Fremdenpass is a German issued temporary passport- with photograph issued to Lambrechts as a foreigner.

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Dimensions

6 x 4"

Keywords

Rene Lambrechts, Joseph Veerman, Dora-Mittelbau, Muselmanner, Die Swane

Subcollection

Concentration

Belgian Author Rene Lambrechts (1923-1981) <i>VORLAUFIGER FREMDENPASS</i>

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