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Postage stamp, 20 mark, issued in Germany during hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic

Object | Accession Number: 2006.265.112

German postage stamp for 20 marks acquired by Ross Baker in prewar Vienna, Austria. It is an example of the hyperinflation of the Weimar Republic of Germany from about 1915-1924. Ross was a chemist and professor at the City University of New York. In 1937, he received a sabbatical leave to study at the University of Vienna and moved there with his wife and five sons. During this time, the family witnessed many historic events, such as the Anschluss and its aftermath in Vienna, visits by Hitler and other German officials, and the defacement and boycotting of Jewish businesses. On March 12, 1938, German troops marched into Vienna and, the next day, Austria was incorporated into Nazi Germany. The German enacted anti-Jewish laws immediately. On April 10, there was a popular vote on the merger and 99% of the population voted Yes in support of Hitler as Fuhrer. Jews were among those who had already been stripped of their rights as citizens, including the right to vote.

Date
1937-1938  (received)
Geography
received : Vienna (Austria)
issue : Germany
Language
German
Classification
Exchange Media
Category
Postage stamps
Object Type
Postage stamps (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Stanley A. Baker
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:09:41
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