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Object ID

2019.2.114

Object Name

Postcard

Date

6-8-1941

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Description

Greyscale postcard image of a street in Gorlice with some blue ink handwriting on the front as well as the back

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Postcard from member of the infamous Police Battalion 45, commanded by Martin Besser, which, three months after date this card was written, would assist Friedrich Jeckeln, Paul Blobel, (Sonderkommando 4a), and Otto Rasch (Einsatzgruppe C) in the mass murder of more than 33,000 Jews over the course of two days in a Kiev ravine. The battalion massacred men, women, and children in other towns as well, including Vinnitsa, Berdichev, and Shepetovka.

The writer of this postcard reports that he “has happily landed in Gorlice It is swarming with Jews, which you can recognize by their armbands”. He mentions cryptically that his unit will probably immediately go on “vacation”.

Dimensions

3 5/8 x 5 1/2"

Keywords

Police Battalion 45, Babi Yar, Vinnitsa, Berdichev, Shepetovka

Subcollection

1939-1941: Concentration:Ghettos, Einsatzgruppen (Mobile Killing Squads); WWII in Europe

Feldpost Card Gorlice, Poland, from Member of Reserve Police Battalion 45, Involved in Babi Yar Massacre

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