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Front of envelope addressed to “Mr. S.J. KRIEGER,” stamped “3 PASSED BY CENSOR 389” and “SERVICES BY PRISONER OF WAR” in blue ink, top stamped “8 JUL 1942,” letter on back.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:Tatura was one of the two internment camps in Australia established for confining German-speaking refugees, due to concern that there may be enemy aliens amongst the refugee population. Tatura consisted of four camps and, as was true in other internment camps that housed Jewish refugees, schools and other cultural activities were established.
This letter sheet is hand stamped “Services of Prisoner of War” along with Australian censor tape.
In the letter sent to a nephew in Haifa, Palestine, Mr. Krieger reports that he is happy to hear from his Aunt Chaje who has safely arrived in the “Land of Freedom.” He also corrects that record that he is not a “prisoner of war” but a “civilian internee” caught up in the “general uprounding’ of aliens in May 1940 and unwillingly evacuated to Australia.” He hopes to “transmigrate to U.S.A.” but explains the impediments to his dream. He wishes a Happy Jewish New Years to family.
13 1/4 x 8"
Tatura Internment Camps, Australia, Prisoner of War, David Krieger
"Tatura Jewish Internment Camp Letter Sheet from David Krieger, No.2 Camp, Tatura, Victoria, Australia" (1942). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2019.2.126.