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Front: Green envelope with typewritten address. Includes several purple and black hand stamps, some writing in pencil, and a pasted brown stamp depicting a buildling in upper right corner.Back: Address written in black cursive ink.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:

Envelope franked General Government 6 pfg. tied Krakow cds, from Zydowska Samopomoc Spoleczna (Jewish Self-Help Society) in Krakow Ghetto to Rada Zydowska (Jewish Aid Society) in Wadlew, Poland. One of the five major metropolitan ghettos in the General Government territory created by the Nazis, Krakow was surrounded by barbed wire and brick walls shaped as tombstones. 18,000 Jews were forced to live in execrable sanitary conditions in an area of just 600 by 400 meters. Krakow was ultimately liquidated between June 1942 and March 1943. The Jews of Krakow were sent to nearby Plaszow slave labor camp (commanded by the infamous Amon Goeth) if deemed capable of working, slaughtered in the streets by police auxiliaries, or deported to Belzec or Auschwitz.


5 1/4 x 6 3/4"


Rada Zydowska, Jewish Aid Society, Wadlew, Poland, Zydowska Samopomoc Spoteczna, Krakow, Stamp, General Gouvernement, Jewish Self-Help Society, Ghetto, Rada Zydowska, Deportation, Plaszow, Belzec, Auschwitz, Amon Goeth



Envelope from Krakow Ghetto



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