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Blue Mauritius postage stamp in upper right corner, “Written in English” in black print in upper left corner, underlined with dashes, “PASSED BY CENSOR MAURITIUS” in triangle shaped stamp in purple ink. Back labelled “OPENED BY CENSOR” in large red print, and includes “Exp.: Adolf Meir Feldmenn” in black print near top.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Britain’s refusal to permit desperate Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe to emigrate to Palestine meant establishing internment camps within the Empire. In December 1940 they opened up an internment camp in a dismal Napoleonic era prison on the island of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean off the coast of South Africa. Ultimately 1,500 refugees, “illegal immigrants” were denied entry to Palestine, were deported here.
Cover shows a purple triangular Mauritius censor as well as a Union of South Africa censor. All camp mail went through Postbox 1000, which was also the return address. It is believed that Mr. Feldmann eventually was allowed to become a citizen of Israel.
4 x 6"
Adolf Meir Feldmenn, Mauritius Internment Camp, Refugees
1939-1941: Concentration:Ghettos, Einsatzgruppen (Mobile Killing Squads); WWII in Europe
"Mauritius Jewish Internment Camp Cover from Adolph Meir Felmann to New York Physician" (2019). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2019.2.127.