I have a letter that I think this from Auschwitz concentration camp. It is written in German I think. Is there anyone who can help translate it?
Try a Google translator, it has worked for me in the past.
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Curious as to what it says
The only thing I find unusual is the postage stamp. That Hindenburg commemorative stamp was first issued in 1933 or 1934 and was in circulation for about three years. Would not have expected it to be in use 10 years later but maybe Poland used old stock. By 1944 (post mark on letter) most stamps had Hitler or had war pictures on them.
i got a scan from the LAST letter, and this is what i could find out
and also wrote back to the owner :
it,s a son writing this his father
he starts with excusing himself, for not writing a letter before
but that he is not to blame about this,
he also says that he has been very sad, but never let a teardrop
\because he isnt a child anymore, and that he is trying to take all things that happen like a man
and that he,s not afraid for something that wil seems to happen the next day.
iff you ask me , this looks like a fare well letter, i also noticed that it seems some one else
wrote the date above in the corner, and the other writing was done by the person himself
it just looks like he was been made to write this.
this could even be a letter that he was forced to write before his execution the next day
a good advise, please take these to some museum , this is tuff that needs to be saved for the future.
it would be wise to let a specialist take a look at.
best regards john.
I did a Google translation and the front of the post card said:
Concentration camps Auschwitz
the following conditions are to be observed in the case of correspondence:
1. Each prisoner may receive two letters or two cards from his or her family in the month and send them to rie. Letters to the prisoners must be legibly written with ink, one-sided and German language. Only sheets are normal. Unbuttered envelopes. A brife must have only 5 letters a 12 pf. The German reichspost. Everything else is before and is subject to confiscation. Can not be used as postcards.
2. Money transfers are only permitted by postal orders. It is important to ensure that the exact address, consisting of name, date of birth and no. Is indicated. In the case of incorrect addresses, the post returns to the sender or is destroyed.
3. Newspapers are permitted, but may only be accepted by the post office of the K.L. Auschwitz.
4. Prisoners are allowed to receive food packages, liquids and medicines are not permitted.
5. requests to the storage management for the purpose of protection from the protective are futile.
6. permission to inspect and visit prisoners in the camp are not permitted in principle.
The camp commander
The letter looks like the ones that were used by the prisoners to advised their families that they were OK. It look like the continuation of the ruse that the prisoner was being "restettled". The writer of the postcard was probably already dead by the time the postcard was mailed from Auschwitz. It is really a very tragic. I just don't see the prisoners receiving newspapers, food packages and doing money transfers from Auschwitz. That is real piece of history.
The Business Manager and I traveled this spring throughout Eastern Europe, including a full day at Auschwitz-Buchenwald. In my younger years I dated a very beautiful young lady, inside and out, who had the last name of Ciesielski, a pretty Polish name, and decided to look that name up in the concentration camp's archive of the last names of all the known victims who had been incarcerated there. There were TWENTY FIVE with that exactly same last name, all of whom probably tried to send out and/or receive communications with loved ones. The Germans, with supreme efficiency, took very detailed notes and records of most everything they did, even down to the last days. It was a truly sad and enlightening day for us. If you're ever in Washington, DC, do not miss the Holocaust Museum where you get to follow the name of one particular prisoner as you go through the exhibits. You will not be unmoved!
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