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Front: Red printed postcard lines and border. Includes black and purple stamps, and black handwritten addresses.Back: Message handwritten in black ink. Includes several underlined portions.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: At the time that this inquiry was sent, April 28, 1942, Litzmannstadt ghetto residents were forbidden to send mail to outsiders in an effort to prevent any news about the deportations to the extermination camp Chelmno (Kulmhof in German) from reaching the outside world. From mid-January to mid-May of 1942, 66 transports carried almost 55,000 Jews from this ghetto to Chelmno. Here they were gassed to death. The hand stamp on the left shows that this postcard was received at Hans Biebow’s ghetto administration on May 1, 1942. Paul Kafka perished during the Shoah, as did Franz Kafka’s sisters, and other members of the Kafka family.
4 x 6"
Litzmannstadt, Ghetto, Adolf Kafka
1941-1943: Deportation & Extermination: Concentration Camps and Extermination Centers
"Postcard sent from Adolf Kafka in Prague, Bohemia-Moravia, to the Litzmannstadt Ghetto Mayor inquiring about a Dr. Paul Adolf Kafka" (1942). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2014.1.134.