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canceled envelope with an Arthur Szyk designed stamp

Object | Accession Number: 2005.173.1

“Save Human Lives” poster stamp used on an envelope sent in March 1944 to Edwin Howe Halsted, Jr. in Ohio, from his aunt, Mrs. Donald Budd Armstrong, in New York. It has an image of two distressed looking children: a young girl and a boy with side curls and yarmulke with Star of David armbands. These stamps were sold by the Emergency Committee to Save the Jewish People of Europe, in order to raise money to stop the genocide of Jews in Europe and to raise awareness that those most at risk were children and the elderly. The stamp was created by Arthur Szyk, a Jewish emigre artist originally from Łódź, Poland, who used his art to promote religious tolerance and racial equality. The stamp was commissioned by the Emergency Committee, an organization that was formed to protest the plight of the Jews in Europe as they were being targeted as a race to be eliminated.

Artwork Title
Save Human Lives
postmark:  1944 March 13
issue: Scarborough (N.Y.)
en route: Xenia (Ohio)
Object Type
Poster stamps (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Margaret Permut
Record last modified: 2021-03-08 15:49:29
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