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a60955
Wartime incoming civilian mail: 7 FEB 1940 stampless Red Cross postcard from BALASSAGYARMAT Hungary to TEL AVIV on bilingual French/Hungarian Red Cross stationary; noted "toll free
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Wartime incoming civilian mail: 7 FEB 1940 stampless Red Cross postcard from BALASSAGYARMAT Hungary to TEL AVIV on bilingual French/Hungarian Red Cross stationary; noted "toll free" for internees of belligerent countries; passed Palestine censor T3. Appears pre-stamped by Hungarian authority in Kóvár (Koláre), a Hungarian-occupied area of Slovakia as of March 1939 close to locale. Written in Polish, probably sent by recent refugee of German invasion of Poland; locale absorbed many refugees from Poland & Slovakia escaping persecution. Intriguing origin, scarce postal channel.
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a61011
Wartime WWII/Holocaust-era incoming Red Cross mail: stampless Danish Red Cross contact form with 25 word message in English dated 11-12-1940 from German-occupied COPENHAGEN to TEL
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Wartime WWII/Holocaust-era incoming Red Cross mail: stampless Danish Red Cross contact form with 25 word message in English dated 11-12-1940 from German-occupied COPENHAGEN to TEL AVIV, tied by local Danish Red Cross cachet + air mail etiquette - this unusual; front-stamped by IRC GENEVA circular cachet + 23 DEC 1940 transit (dater at bottom; relatively quick transit time - perhaps by airmail); passed Palestine censor T5 in TEL AVIV. The composed tone of the message reflects the general atmosphere of the German occupation regarding the Jews, as here the implementation of anti-Semitic policies was resisted by the Danes. Unusual postal link.
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a61012
Wartime WWII/Holocaust-era incoming Red Cross mail: 28 JAN 1942 stampless Dutch Red Cross contact form with 25 word message dated 20 Jan, from THE HAGUE to REHOVOT, dispatched with
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Wartime WWII/Holocaust-era incoming Red Cross mail: 28 JAN 1942 stampless Dutch Red Cross contact form with 25 word message dated 20 Jan, from THE HAGUE to REHOVOT, dispatched with dater; in transit 12 FEB 1942 in IRC Geneva; censored (in Palestine?) and text cut out; passed Palestine censor in TEL AVIV (2 strikes hexigonal cachet) & marked by rare "Imperial Censorship, Palestine... form may not be used for reply message" 3-line instructional handstamp (Sacher unlisted). Scarce postal link & unusual censorship on Red Cross mail. One may be tempted to ask, as incoming mail during Holocaust era, what could there have been for the Palestine censor to obliterate: per censor policies (per 1942 policy document) to remove "indiscreet" information or "bad morale" which was permitted to pass through the originating postal system.
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a61013
Contact from "the heart of darkness", wartime WWII/Holocaust 2-way mail via Red Cross: stampless British Red Cross/Order of St. John "Postal Message Scheme" contact form with Germa
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Contact from "the heart of darkness", wartime WWII/Holocaust 2-way mail via Red Cross: stampless British Red Cross/Order of St. John "Postal Message Scheme" contact form with German message of under 25 words, dated 8-12-1941, from HAIFA to TARNOW "Occupied Poland", inquiring about condition of sender's parents; passed HAIFA censor H17 (Sach-Q23, 1 month before his earliest known date of use) on way to overseas dispatch through Red Cross office JERUSALEM; front-stamped 31 DEC 1941 transit at IRC in GENEVA & forwarded to Polish Red Cross where received in WARSAW on 13 MARZ 1942 (front-stamped): here address altered in pencil by removing reference to "occupied Poland" with "GG" (Generalgouvernment - an annexed zone of 'former' Poland in which the term 'Poland' was not used) & "District Krakow" (one of 4 such in the GG); additional Polish date-stamp at base 25 MARZ 1942 may be dispatch date to TARNOW (2 week delay); reply in German manuscript on back "We are all healthy, Gross Arie" dated 27 IV 1942 (1 month since local transit); received back by IRC GENEVA on 24 JUIN 1942 (backstamped) who forwarded it back to the British Red Cross in JERUSALEM, front-stamped 21 AU 42 transit using 3m Postage Paid date-cancel - unusual usage but observed on reply-returned Red Cross correspondence originating from Palestine; here passed J18 censor (Sach-Q21b handstamp 3 months after his last known date of use) & arrived same day in HAIFA, where passed KK/26 censor (Sach-Q29, 4 months before his earliest known date of use). 8 month round-trip transit time, reasonable for surface mail. The first major act of extermination in Tarnow began June 1942; locale was "Jew free" by late 1943. Rare two-way wartime correspondence between Palestine & Poland, however the terseness of the reply from Poland raises suspicions about its authenticity (as the Nazis were known to forge fake reply correspondence to Jews abroad).
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a61014
Wartime WWII/Holocaust-era 2-way Red Cross mail correspondence: stampless British Red Cross/Order St. John "postal message scheme" contact form with 25 word message dated 11 MAR 19
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Wartime WWII/Holocaust-era 2-way Red Cross mail correspondence: stampless British Red Cross/Order St. John "postal message scheme" contact form with 25 word message dated 11 MAR 1942, from children in NAHARIYA to father in FRANKFURT; passed HAIFA censor H16 on way to overseas dispatch through Red Cross office JERUSALEM; as front-stamped by octagonal Crown censor "PASSED / P.204", letter transmitted via UK - unusual routing; front-stamped by IRC GENEVA + 8 JUIL 1942 transit (dater at bottom); arrived in Germany (c. 5-month transit) & replied(!) 11 AUG 1942, mentioning "Cuba eingestellt" (Cuba set) - perhaps he received a visa to emigrate; front-stamped next day dispatch via German Red Cross; backstamped IRC GENEVA + 12(?) SEPT 1942 transit (at bottom); passed JERUSALEM censor J18 & front-stamped 10 DE 1942 JERUSALEM arrival with 3m Postage Paid date-cancel - unusual usage but observed on reply-returned Red Cross correspondence originating from Palestine; received next day per manuscript on back. Rare wartime correspondence between Jews in Nazi Germany & Palestine, well postally documented.
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a61015
Postwar military mail: 9 Feb(?) 1947 Soviet Red Cross POW card (1946 stationary) from camp 7399/3 in AHUM (central Russia) to HAIFA, written in German from son (Dr. Felix Eulenburg
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Postwar military mail: 9 Feb(?) 1947 Soviet Red Cross POW card (1946 stationary) from camp 7399/3 in AHUM (central Russia) to HAIFA, written in German from son (Dr. Felix Eulenburg - possibly adopted) to father (Dr. Berni Ascher). Message says that the newspapers are not showing a peaceful picture Palestine (i.e. the period of the Jewish insurrection), that he can hardly rest, and that Germany must find a new political beginning. Unclear if sender is a POW or a doctor serving in the camp. Bernard Ascher (1904-1978) was the son of Dr. Siegfried Ascher (1877 - 1962), an architect and land expert by profession, best known as the founder of one of the earliest Jewish geneological societies, the "The Jewish Genealogical Research Society of Palestine", around 1939, and also as a world-famous philatelist, authoring the 1925 "Grosser Ganzsachen-Katalog" - being the first to try to comprehensively document all countries' postal stationery including stamped envelopes. Ascher was born in Berlin, emigrated to Palestine in 1939, and lived intially in Jerusalem and from the late 1940s in Haifa. With filing holes. Rare origin.
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a61016
1948 War of Independence JEWISH POW mail: stampless cover from Moshe Yabrov of Arab Legion POW camp to relative JERUSALEM "Palestine", transmitted by the Red Cross in AMMAN (per ca
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1948 War of Independence JEWISH POW mail: stampless cover from Moshe Yabrov of Arab Legion POW camp to relative JERUSALEM "Palestine", transmitted by the Red Cross in AMMAN (per cachet) & passed Transjordan censor; received in Israel via military Post Office KABA 388 (Liaison to International Red Cross, TEL AVIV); manuscript notations on back: 25 X 1948 & "answer 27 X 1948"; opened gently at back, three vertical folds.
SOLD $77.00
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a61129
1948-49 War Arab POW mail: stampless undated cover on NABLUS municipality stationary (no return address) to "Respected sir, Mahmoud Abdelhady Khalaf | Prisoner no. 6180 | Detention
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1948-49 War Arab POW mail: stampless undated cover on NABLUS municipality stationary (no return address) to "Respected sir, Mahmoud Abdelhady Khalaf | Prisoner no. 6180 | Detention Camp no. 795", transferred to Israel via Red Cross whose red GENEVA cachet is tied to front; backstamped by Iraqi Army negative censor cachet whose expeditionary force operated in area of Qalqilya-Tulkarem-Nablus-Jenin between 15 May 1948 & April 1949; cover passed Israeli censor "51" (front/back) & marked front/back by bilingual "Passed Censor" double-ring handstamp (3x different censor marks in total); unsealed.
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a61130
1948-49 War Arab POW mail: [7 DE 1948] cover from TULKAREM to "Central Detention Camp | Prisoner no. 3381 | El-sayed Mohamed Saeed Dood El-Samra | By International Red Cross | Ram
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1948-49 War Arab POW mail: [7 DE 1948] cover from TULKAREM to "Central Detention Camp | Prisoner no. 3381 | El-sayed Mohamed Saeed Dood El-Samra | By International Red Cross | Ramallah", originally franked (Jordanian stamp) & tied by reintroduced Mandate double-ring postmark, now removed & most of postmark not visible (manuscript date written top front, presumably dispatch); front-stamped by Iraqi Army negative censor cachet, whose expeditionary force operated in area of Qalqilya-Tulkarem-Nablus-Jenin between 15 May 1948 & April 1949; cover tied by both Red Cross GENEVA circular cachet & International Red Cross Committee RAMALLAH Delegation boxed cachet (back) & backstamped 7 DE 48 RAMALLAH transit using reintroduced Mandate single-circle date-stamp; cover passed Israeli military "base censor" whose oval cachet is on front; vertical fold, originally opened via backflap.
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a61325
Jordanian start & post-1967 War mail to Israel via Red Cross: 6-6-1967 airmail cover from LA COTE ST ANDRE France to Old City JERUSALEM "Arab Zone" (no country written), franked 0.
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Jordanian start & post-1967 War mail to Israel via Red Cross: 6-6-1967 airmail cover from LA COTE ST ANDRE France to Old City JERUSALEM "Arab Zone" (no country written), franked 0.80F & tied by 2 strikes of local postmark + round numbered censor cachet on front; 6 Day War began day before: cover routed via JORDAN as was then correct, where backstamped 10 JUN 67 AMMAN transit (last day of war) but JERUSALEM captured 7 June; between June-Aug 1967 Jordan accumulated all mail received for newly Israeli-conquered territories & then delivered them via Red Cross in Sept. Here as cover backstamped AMMAN after 7 June, cover not captured by Israel & as backstamped 9-10-67 using Israeli postmark (East JERUSALEM post office; Nacht 289/131), this cover was transferred by the Red Cross. Less than 50 such covers known & rare as hard to identify (no special markings), here with postmarks during the war period.
SOLD $220.00
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a61326
Jordanian post-1967 War mail to Israel via Red Cross: 13-6-1967 [airmail] cover from BRUSSELS to JERUSALEM "JORDAN", franked 7F & tied by local machine cancel; as of 7 June locale
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Jordanian post-1967 War mail to Israel via Red Cross: 13-6-1967 [airmail] cover from BRUSSELS to JERUSALEM "JORDAN", franked 7F & tied by local machine cancel; as of 7 June locale part of Israel, but cover routed via JORDAN, where backstamped 19 JUN 67 AMMAN transit: between June-Aug 1967 Jordan accumulated all mail received for newly Israeli-conquered territories & then delivered them via Red Cross in Sept. Here as cover backstamped AMMAN after 7 June, cover not captured by Israel & as backstamped 29-9-67 using Israeli postmark (East JERUSALEM post office; Nacht 289/131), this cover was transferred by Red Cross. Less than 50 such covers known & rare as hard to identify (no special markings), here with Israeli receipt mark on earliest known date of receipt of mail via Red Cross.
SOLD $185.00
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a61327
Jordanian post-1967 War mail to Israel via Red Cross: 21 VI 1967 airmail cover from PAMPLONA Spain to JERUSALEM "JORDAN", meter franked 12Pts & tied by local postmark; as of 7 June
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Jordanian post-1967 War mail to Israel via Red Cross: 21 VI 1967 airmail cover from PAMPLONA Spain to JERUSALEM "JORDAN", meter franked 12Pts & tied by local postmark; as of 7 June locale part of Israel, but cover still routed via JORDAN, where backstamped 25 JUN 67 AMMAN transit: between June-Aug 1967 Jordan accumulated all mail received for newly Israeli-conquered territories & then delivered them via Red Cross in Sept. Here as cover backstamped AMMAN after 7 June, cover not captured by Israel & as backstamped 19-10-67 using Israeli postmark (East JERUSALEM post office; Nacht 289/131), this cover was transferred by Red Cross. Less than 50 such covers known & rare as hard to identify (no special markings).
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a61328
Jordanian post-1967 War mail to Israel via Red Cross: 26 VI 1967 aerogramme in Arabic from WILLOWDALE Canada to RAMALLA "ISRAEL", pre-franked 10c & tied by local machine cancel; as
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Jordanian post-1967 War mail to Israel via Red Cross: 26 VI 1967 aerogramme in Arabic from WILLOWDALE Canada to RAMALLA "ISRAEL", pre-franked 10c & tied by local machine cancel; as of 6 June locale part of Israel, but cover still routed via JORDAN, where backstamped 2 JUL 67 AMMAN transit: between June-Aug 1967 Jordan accumulated all mail received for newly Israeli-conquered territories & then delivered them via Red Cross in Sept. Here as cover backstamped AMMAN after 6 June, cover not captured by Israel & as backstamped 3-10-67 using Israeli Army RAMALLA-4 trilingual postmark (Israeli Military Governorate zone; Nacht 521/4), this cover was transferred by Red Cross - note Jordanian Post Office replaced "Israel" in address with "Occupied Jordan" manuscript. Less than 50 such covers known & rare as hard to identify (no special markings) - very rare here as Western originating mail with non-JERUSALEM address, less than 5 such covers known. Rare also as combined Red Cross + IDF handled mail.
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a61329
Jordanian post-1967 War mail to Israel via Red Cross: 9-8-1967 [airmail] cover from MILAN to Italian Consul General JERUSALEM "Arab Zone" (no country written), franked 110L & tied
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Jordanian post-1967 War mail to Israel via Red Cross: 9-8-1967 [airmail] cover from MILAN to Italian Consul General JERUSALEM "Arab Zone" (no country written), franked 110L & tied by local machine cancel; as of 7 June locale part of Israel, but cover routed via JORDAN, where backstamped 12 AUG 67 AMMAN transit: between June-Aug 1967 Jordan accumulated all mail received for newly Israeli-conquered territories & then delivered them via Red Cross in Sept. Here as cover backstamped AMMAN after 7 June, cover not captured by Israel & as backstamped 10-10-67 using Israeli postmark (East JERUSALEM post office; Nacht 289/131), this cover was transferred by Red Cross. Less than 50 such covres known & rare as hard to identify (no special markings), here with late-dated AMMAN transit.
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