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Front: Tan postcard with message written in black cursive ink. Includes some damage on upper right corner. Back: Printed black postcard lines with writing in black cursive ink. Includes a blue Judenrat and black circular hand stamps, a pasted green stamp depicting a piazza and statue on the upper right corner, and several markings in purple pencil. Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Postcard franked General Gouvernement 12 pfg tied Opole 12/2/1942 cds, with circular "POSTVERMITTLUNGS STELLE JUDENRAT OPOLE (LUBLIN) 12/11/1942." Written in German, the postcard was sent to a family member in Vienna. Opole was in the Lublin district of Poland. Jews had been living there since the 16th century and were important in the industrial development of the town. As well, it was an important Hassidic center. With the German occupation in 1939, the population of the town swelled to over 10,000 due to transports of Jews from Vienna. In the spring of 1942 deportations to death camps Belzec and Sobibor commenced. Those left behind were murdered. Only 28 Viennese Jews of the 2,000 deported to Opole survived the war.
4 x 6"
Stamp, Judenrat, General Gouvernement, Lublin, Vienna, Poland, Hasidic, Belzec, Sobibor, Deportation, Opole, Gertler, Geitler
"Postcard from Opole" (1942). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2015.2.123.