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Front: Tan postcard with writing in black cursive ink. Includes a note on bottom left corner. Back: Printed purple postcard lines with writing in black cursive ink. Includes purple and black hand stamps, and a printed purple stamp in upper right showing a piazza with a statue.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: General Gouvernement 12 pfg postcard cancelled 10/6/1942. Boxed violet cachet "JUDENRAT OPATOW Postabteilung 2." Opatow was in the Kielce District of Poland. Jews had been living in this area since the 16th century. Occupied in 1939 by the Germans, a Judenrat was set up in early 1941, with a ghetto following later that year. Disease, especially typhus, spread as the population of the ghetto swelled with refugees from other towns. While many of the inhabitants were sent to labor camps, most were deported to Treblinka death camp several weeks after this postcard was written, between 20-22 October, 1942.
4 x 5 3/4"
Stamp, General Gouvernement, Judenrat, Opatow, Kielce, Poland, Ghetto, Treblinka, Deportation, Warsaw, Opatow-Kiel, Waska, Gryzewski, Maudelzys
1941-1943: Deportation & Extermination: Concentration Camps and Extermination Centers
"Postcard from Opatow" (1942). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2015.2.124.