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Front: A white envelope addressed in black ink. Includes green and blue postage stamps, two black hand stamps and a red and white sticker.Back: Return address in black ink. Includes brown censor tape as well as black, red, and purple hand stamps.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Sokolow Podlaski is a Polish town about 90 kilometers from Warsaw. Jews had settled in the area before 1420.Before the German occupation, Sokolow Podlaski had a vibrant Jewish life; indeed, Jews comprised approximately 60 per cent of the population of the town. The ghetto in Sokolow was established in 1939 with 5,000 residents. It was closed off in 1941, and as in other ghettos, disease, starvation, and death were rampant. Deportations began in 1942, Jews sealed in cattle wagons and driven to Treblinka where they were murdered upon arrival. This cover was mailed to Switzerland less than two weeks before the deportations from Sokolow occurred. This registered and censored cover l was sent from Sokolow by someone named R, Mielnick to a J. Guttermann in Basel, Switzerland.
5 x 6 1/8"
Sokolow-Podlaski, Poland, Basel, Switzerland, Reich Seal
"Envelope from Sokolow-Podlaski, Poland to Basel, Switzerland" (1942). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2014.1.250.