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a: Blue envelope addressed to “Aleksander Distler No. 234,” “NORDAMERIKA” written in bottom left corner under “MIT LUFTPOST” printed in blue box, “OTTAWA CANADA” underlined and written in blue in bottom right corner. Letter on thin, translucent paper, green writing on one side, date “17. September 941” written in top right corner. [Related items 2019.2.310 - 2019.2.323]
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:In accordance with the Nuremberg laws, which also apply in Austria, Mrs. Franziska Distler, as a Jew, must use the name “Sara” in her correspondence, as is indicated in her return address. In this letter we can see that inserting the name “Sara” is an afterthought. Her letter to Aleksander is sent airmail, censored in Austria and Canada with sealing tape and red hand stamp. Another man whose signature is difficult to read appears to share the same address as Mrs. Distler, who signs his name on the return address with the obligatory “Israel” for male Jews.
a: 4 1/2 x 6" b: 12 x 8"
Alexander Distler, Franziska Distler, Sara, Israel, Nuremberg Race Laws
"Correspondence from Franziska "Sara" Distler in Vienna to Alexander Distler, Interned in Camp I, Ottawa, Canada" (1941). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2019.2.316ab.