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Postage stamp, 20 zloty, featuring the Dominican Church, Krakow, issued in German occupied Poland

Object | Accession Number: 2005.375.24

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    Postage stamp, 20 zloty, featuring the Dominican Church, Krakow, issued in German occupied Poland

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Postage stamp issued by the General Gouvernement, the civilian ruling authority established by the Germans in southwestern Poland in 1939. This area was ceded to Germany under the terms of the German-Soviet Pact and it would be occupied by the Germans until 1944. It was divided into four administrative districts with seats in Krakow, Warsaw, Radom, and Lublin. There were several issues of stamps featuring historic landmarks of the region that the Germans claimed were of ancient German origin. This stamp depicts the Dominican Church in Krakow.
    Date
    issue:  1940-1941
    Geography
    issue: Poland
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Terry Friedman
    Markings
    front, bottom, white text on black background : GENERALGOUVERNEMENT

    Physical Details

    Language
    German Polish
    Classification
    Exchange Media
    Category
    Postage stamps
    Physical Description
    Rectangular paper stamp with perforated edges; on the recto is a graphic design in dark gray ink. It features an illustration of the fa├žade of a Gothic church with ornamental pinnacles. In the top left corner is a dexter eagle with outstretched wings, perched atop a pedestal holding a swastika in its talons. The denomination 20 is printed in large type in the lower right corner. German text is printed along the lower border. The faint outlined borders of a circular cancellation stamp in black ink can be seen in some areas. The verso is covered with aged yellowed adhesive
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 1.250 inches (3.175 cm) | Width: 1.000 inches (2.54 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink, adhesive

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The postage stamp was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Terry Friedman.
    Record last modified:
    2024-01-05 14:36:58
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