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Object ID

2019.2.291

Object Name

Envelope

Date

1942

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Description

Envelope with purple postage stamp marked “NEDERLAND 10 CENT” in top right corner, addressed to “Dem Herrn Kommandant.”

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Amersfoort in the Netherlands was considered a Durchgangslager or Police transit camp. Prisoners were eventually to be sent on to major extermination centers such as Auschwitz, Sobibor, or Mauthausen. Conditions were as appalling as the worst of concentration camps. Prisoners could be Dutch or Belgian political prisoners, Soviet prisoners of war, or Jews. Hunger, disease, poor hygiene, as well as cruelty and violence from the guards and administration was commonplace.

Dimensions

5 x 6"

Keywords

Netherlands, Amersfoort, Transit Camp

Subcollection

Netherlands

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