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Theresienstadt Parcel Admission Label

Theresienstadt Parcel Admission Label
The idealized image of Theresienstadt(Terezín) was intended to conceal the hardships of life in the ghetto.

During World War II, the Gestapo used Theresienstadt, known in Czech as Terezín, as a ghetto, where Jews from Czechoslovakia, as well as Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Denmark were imprisoned. About 33 000 of the 155 000 Jews who lived in the ghetto died, mostly because of disease and malnutrition arising out of extreme population density. The Small Fortress adjacent to the ghetto served as the largest Gestapo prison in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. The camp was liberated on May 9th, 1945 by the Soviet Army.

Residents were forced to send labels to friends and family to be affixed to any parcels sent to inhabitants of the ghetto. The labels idealized the conditions in Theresienstadt. The labels exist both with and without perforations and in a variety of colours. There are also reprints and counterfeits of the stamps.

20th Anniversary of the Liberation of Theresienstadt
On February 15, 1965, Czechoslovakia issued this stamp to commemoration the 20th anniversary of the liberation
of Theresienstadt (Terezin). The design shows part of the fortress constructed by the Hapsburgs in the 1780's.

30th Anniversary of Munich Pact
On September 30, 1968, Czechoslovakia issued three stamps to commemorate the 30th Anniversary
of the Munich Pact.They featured drawings by children in Theresienstadt (Terezin) Concentration
Camp. The designs featured Jew and Guard by ten year old Jiri Beutler, Butterflies
by eleven year old Kitty Brunnerova and The Flowerpot by ten year old Jiri Schlessinger.

     


Bibliography

"The 15th Auction / Philately / Bohemia and Moravia / Admission Stamp Terezin (Theresienstadt)." Archive of auctions. 28 Nov. 2008.
Burda Auctions.30 Nov. 2008 http://www.burda-auction.com/en.php?modul=auk&mid=6&pge=show&id=2052.

"Auction #16, Sep. 28, 2005." Romano House of Sales. 2005. Romano Sale House of Stamps Ltd.
.30 Nov. 2008 http://stampcircuit.com/PHP/showdealersalenologin.php?class=ALL&sale_id=335&owner=1940&start_print=700.

Kloetzel, James E .ed. "Czechoslovakia." 2009 Standard Stamp Catalogue. 2008.

"Terezín." Wikipedia. 2000. Wikipedia Foundation Inc.30 Nov. 2008 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terez%C3%ADn.


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