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Unused parcel admission stamp for Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp

Object | Accession Number: 2012.464.4

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    Unused parcel admission stamp for Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp


    Brief Narrative
    Unused parcel admission stamp for Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp, depicting the surrounding landscape of Bohemia. The camp was established by the Germans in November 1941 about 40 miles north of Prague in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia created after Nazi Germany occupied the western region of Czechoslovakia in March 1939. It was a multi-use camp, acting as a settlement, transit camp, and propaganda tool. The stamp, which was printed in Prague, was issued by the Prague Jewish Council beginning in July 1943. Inmates at Theresienstadt could receive inspected packages of food and clothing from people outside the camp if the packages had this stamp. An inmate could request a package every two months. The Jewish Council in Prague would notify the sender to come pick up the stamp if they lived in Prague; if they lived outside of Prague, the stamp would be attached to the notice. Living conditions in the camp were horrible and about 33,000 inmates died there. On May 2, 1945, as the end of the war approached, the International Red Cross took over administration of the camp. The German staff fled on May 5 and 6, and on May 9, Soviet troops arrived and assumed responsibility.
    issue:  after 1943 July-before 1945 May 02
    use: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
    issue: Prague (Czech Republic)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Hal and Robyn Klein
    front lower left corner, printed, green : F.C.
    front bottom, printed, white on green background : THERESIENSTADT

    Physical Details

    Exchange Media
    Postage stamps
    Object Type
    Postage stamps (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Unused rectangular white paper stamp with 3 perforated edges, an attached margin on the right edge, and a pastoral landscape printed in dark green ink. In the left foreground are two large trees, with initials on the ground under the left tree. A winding road and a river cross through the center. In the background under a cloud filled sky are 2 mountains with a building with a tower at the foot, surrounded by trees. The image is enclosed in a green border with the place name across the bottom. On the back, there is adhesive and 2 words written sideways in the bottom left corner.
    overall: Height: 1.125 inches (2.858 cm) | Width: 2.125 inches (5.398 cm)
    overall : paper, adhesive, ink
    back bottom left corner, written cursive, black ink : Stampel / Gilbert

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    Administrative Notes

    The postal stamp was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2012 by Hal and Robyn Klein.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2024-01-05 14:43:30
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