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a: Envelope “COMITÉ INTERNATIONAL DE LA CROIX-ROUGE-GENÈVE” addressed to “Mr. Alexander DISLER.” B: Document with Red Cross symbol in upper left corner, marked “Deutsches Rotes Kreuz,” stamped with date “10 AUG 1940” near top. [Related items 2019.2.310 - 2019.2.323]
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Franziska Distler sent this message to her son Aleksander assuming he was still at Camp Kitchener in Great Britain, not realizing that he had already been deported to Canada as an “illegal alien” where he was interned in Camp I (blue circled “I” on cover). Mrs. Distler expresses her sadness at not hearing from her son and hopes he is well. She reports she is doing well and asks him to be lighthearted. The Red Cross mediated the exchange of messages between civilians in Germany, France, and Great Britain. Messages were sent to Red Cross headquarters in Geneva, and then forwarded to their respective destinations. They were also censored, as can be seen from the red-stamped Canadian censorship markings and censorship tape on back of cover.
a: 4 1/2 x 6" b: 8 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Alexander Distler, Franziska Distler, Internment Camp I, Canada
1939-1941: Concentration:Ghettos, Einsatzgruppen (Mobile Killing Squads); WWII in Europe, Distler
"Red Cross Correspondence from Franziska Distler in Nazi-Occupied Vienna to Alexander Distler, Interned in Camp I, Ottawa, Canada" (1940). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2019.2.312ab.