“It is a great joy when we receive greetings from you. Your words are always loving, a ray of hope.”
“My dear, good child! I haven’t had any news from you in a long time. Are you in good health?”
These lines, warm, kind, and hopeful, are seemingly ordinary—until you realize that they were written in the darkest days of the Holocaust under tyrannical censorship. In Holocaust Postal History, read more about these messages and others, many written just before a final, tragic journey.
Holocaust philately, the study of postal means of communication during the Nazi era in Europe, does not provide answers to the major questions that still haunt us. It does, however, offer insight into the personal, unique journeys of victims of the Nazi onslaught. In many cases, an envelope or a postcard, as highlighted in this book, may be the only remnant of an individual’s life.