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First day cover stamp and envelope issued to commemorate Treblinka

Object | Accession Number: 1993.50.7 a-b

First day cover postcard and envelope acquired by Raul Hilberg of the stamp issued to commemorate Treblinka killing center by the German Democratic Republic in 1963. This was the first stamp of a series issued annually by the DDR under the name Mahn- und Gedensksatte [Remembrance and Memorial Center] in honor of World War II (1939-1945). In July 1942, the Germans built Treblinka II, a killing center, near the village of Wolka Okraglik, Poland, about 50 miles north of Warsaw. Nearly 1 million Jews were killed at Treblinka II before it was closed in the fall of 1943. As Soviet troops moved into the area in late July 1944, camp authorities shot the remaining prisoners and evacuated the camp. Hilberg was a renowned scholar who published the first comprehensive study of the Holocaust and initiated the academic study of the Holocaust. He and his parents fled Vienna, Austria, after its annexation by Germany in March 1938. Almost all of his family members in Europe were murdered during the Holocaust.

issue:  1963 August 20
postmark:  1963 August 20
issue: Germany (East)
Exchange Media
Postage stamps
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Raul Hilberg
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:27:30
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