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Czechoslovakian commemorative Theresienstadt Memorial postage stamp, 50h, acquired by a former German Jewish inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2016.496.18

Postage stamp commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Terezin (Theresienstadt) Ghetto Memorial, acquired by Irene Silberstein Frank and Henry Frank, former inmates of Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp in German-occupied Czechoslovakia. Originally called the National Suffering Memorial, it was established in 1947 by the newly reinstated Czechoslovakian government and was renovated in 1975. The stamp depicts the large, granite, 7-branched menorah in the Jewish cemetery outside the crematorium building, along with flames, the red flowers planted in the 1945 National Cemetery, and barbed wire used to surround the ghetto. Henry, his mother, and two of his sisters were deported from Berlin to Theresienstadt in June 1942. He was deported on multiple work details before returning to the ghetto, where he reunited with his sister, Inge. Heinz and Inge were liberated by the Soviet army on May 9 1945. Irene, her father, and her grandmother were deported from Berlin to Theresienstadt in the fall of 1942. In December 1944, she was deported to Poland as a forced laborer until she was liberated by the Soviet army on May 8, 1945. After the war, Henry and Irene briefly met in Deggendorf displaced persons camp, and then again in New York City, where they belonged to the same social circle. The couple married in April 1948, had two children, and regularly gave talks about their experiences during the Holocaust. In 1975, they attended a reunion commemorating the 30th anniversary of Theresienstadt’s liberation, and in 1991 attended a meeting commemorating the 50th anniversary of the ghetto-labor camp’s establishment.

issue:  1987 September 23
commemoration:  1947
issue: Památník Terezín; Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
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Postage stamps
Postage stamps.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Irene Frank
Record last modified: 2023-09-22 10:49:58
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