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Postcard written in black ink with purple border design. Zensur 8 is written in red crayon on front.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:
Josefa was born in Bohemia in 1873, the third of nine children. Her father was a businessman. She married Vladimir Stibitz, a bank official, in 1898. Vladimir eventually became director of a factory in Kolin belonging to his brother-in-law. Josefa and Vladimir had four children. When Vladimir became ill and died, Josefa managed the factory. In frail health, Josefa was deported from Kolin to Theresienstadt in June 1942 on transport A.A.D.68 three years after Germany invaded Czechoslovakia. Here she met her siblings, who would ultimately perish in extermination centers.
Remarkably, Josefa survived Theresienstadt, having been liberated in May 1945. Three years later, in 1948, she recorded memories of her experiences at Theresienstadt. Photographs of Josefa walking with her daughters to the collection point in Kolin in 1942 prior to her being transported to Theresienstadt had been discovered as well as photographs showing her reunion with her son in 1945 after her liberation. These recordings and photographs were utilized by Nadja Seelich and Bernd Neuberger in their 1997 documentary entitled “Theresienstadt looks like a curort (resort)” about Josefa’s imprisonment in Theresienstadt and her struggle to survive.
5 3/4 x 4"
Josefa Stibitz, Ella Stibitz, Theresienstadt
"Censored Postcard from Ella Stibitz in Kolin Ghetto to Mother Josefa Stibitz in Theresienstadt Ghetto" (1944). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2021.1.16.