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Envelope with title, "Kriegsgafanyenpost" with address and message written in pencil.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:

Frontstalag (Frontstammlager)111 Drancy censored lettersheet sent by Jewish POW Solomon Narinsky to his wife Sonia, in Frontstalag 142, Besancon. Initially a POW camp holding North African colonial POWs, Frontstalag 111 also held 79 British prisoners and foreign laborers who were in France. Solomon Narinsky was a renowned photographer who had at this time a photography studio in Paris. His wife Sonia was also a photographer swept up in the dragnet after the German invasion of France in May 1940. Frontstalag 142 was a camp for Anglo-American citizens who were mostly Jewish and who would be used as bargaining chips swapped for German POW’s. Mr. Narinsky was released as part of a prisoner exchange in 1944. He would move back to Palestine to Kibbutz Ein Harod .In August 1941 the U-shaped building complex “La Cite de la Muette”- that was the hub of Drancy for POW’s became the transit camp transporting Jews to extermination camps such as Auschwitz.


13 1/2 x 6"


Drancy, Besancon, Censor, Auschwitz, Sonia Narinsky, Salomon Narinsky, Ton S. Narinsky



Censored Letter from Drancy Internment Camp



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