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Warsaw Ghetto postage stamp, denomination 5, never issued

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.836

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    Warsaw Ghetto postage stamp, denomination 5, never issued

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Warsaw ghetto stamp, value 5, issued by the Warsaw Ghetto Resistance Organization (Żydowski Zwia̜zek Wojskowy). The Warsaw Ghetto in Poland existed from October 12, 1940, to May 16, 1943, when the Ghetto was liquidated by German forces. The stamps were manufactured in an effort to establish a ghetto mail office by the underground, but were not issued for use. This stamp is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.
    Date
    creation:  1941 April
    Geography
    creation: Warsaw (Poland)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    Markings
    front, vertically down left side, stamped, blue ink : R / Z / w / W [Jewish Government in Warsaw]
    front, vertically down right side, stamped, blue ink : S / P / D / Z [Jewish Postal Division]
    front, beneath star, stamped, blue ink : 5
    Contributor
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Biography
    The Katz Ehrenthal Collection is a collection of more than 900 objects depicting Jews and antisemitic and anti-Jewish propaganda from the medieval to the modern era, in Europe, Russia, and the United States. The collection was amassed by Peter Ehrenthal, a Romanian Holocaust survivor, to document the pervasive history of anti-Jewish hatred in Western art, politics and popular culture. It includes crude folk art as well as pieces created by Europe's finest craftsmen, prints and periodical illustrations, posters, paintings, decorative art, and toys and everyday household items decorated with depictions of stereotypical Jewish figures.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Polish
    Classification
    Exchange Media
    Category
    Postage stamps
    Physical Description
    Square paper stamp with a graphic design stamped in blue ink on the front with the denomination 5, a Star of David, an outlined border, and Polish text. The reverse is blank.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 2.375 inches (6.032 cm) | Width: 1.875 inches (4.763 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink

    Rights & Restrictions

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

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The Warsaw ghetto stamp was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2019 by the Katz Family.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Special Collection
    Katz Ehrenthal Collection
    Record last modified:
    2024-01-10 14:59:14
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