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Green postage stamp below two red postage stamps in upper right corner, “CAMP DE RECEBEDOU” in blue ink.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: French cover from a German Jewish inmate in the French internment camp camp Recebedou. It was initially created in 1941 to house both Spanish anti-fascists and Jews fleeing occupied France. It became a so-called “hospital camp” managed by the collaborationist Vichy regime under Petain. Prisoners were deprived of basic necessities including medicine and food. Of those prisoners that perished here, most were Jews. And many more Jews interned here were ultimately deported via Drancy to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
This cover was sent to the Israeli Community Council or Israelitischen Kultusgemeinde in Zurich. The cover states that contents of letter are written in German. Double oval Recebedou censor and French stamps.
4 1/2 x 5 3/4"
Recebedou, Israelitischen Kultusgemeinde, Vichy Regime
1939-1941: Concentration:Ghettos, Einsatzgruppen (Mobile Killing Squads); WWII in Europe
"Cover from Jewish Prisoner in French Internment Camp Recebedou" (1941). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2019.2.123.