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Franz Kafka Passport At Auction

27 June, 2015
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KAFKA’S PASSPORT used in the last two years of his life and hitherto an unknown survival. A tremendously personal and evocative item of bureaucratic residue, the passport bears Kafka’s written name five times (including his signature), specifies various locations in Germany and Austria, and gives Kafka’s physical description and profession as an insurance officer. KAFKA, FRANZ. 1883-1924. Czechoslovak Passport Signed (“Dr. F. Kafka František”), . 32-page printed...

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On Top Of The World

23 June, 2015
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On 29 May 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. Travelling as part of a British expedition, they were the first climbers to ever reach the 8,848m summit. The Otago Museum in Dunedin, New Zealand is showing his passport from 1953 and the passport of late Sir Edmund Hillary. I couldn’t find any passport pictures from Tenzing Norgay (Indian...

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Surrender On Demand – Varian Fry In Nazi Occupied France

20 June, 2015
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When I started to read his book “Surrender on Demand – Rescue of German Emigrants in Marseilles 1940/41 “ I was instantly caught by his work and stories. You get a vivid impression how Paris was at that time when it was occupied by the Nazis and how dangerous it was for refugees and enemies of the Third Reich. This article will give you some kind of book review...

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Vidkun Quisling Diplomatic Passport Not Sold

18 June, 2015
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Vidkun Abraham Lauritz Jonssøn Quisling was a Norwegian politician and officer, commonly known as one of World War II’s most infamous traitors. He held the office of Minister President of Norway from February 1, 1942, to the end of World War II, while the elected social democratic cabinet of Johan Nygaardsvold was exiled in London. Quisling was tried for high treason and executed by firing squad after the war....

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Immigration And Emigration In The 19th Century

15 June, 2015
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The State Archive of Lucerne (Switzerland) is a excellent source for this topic. I found valuable information on emigration which is always also a topic of immigration. Maybe specific for the Swiss emigration was the a large share of emigrants headed to foreign countries to be soldiers in foreign armies. Example USA: Between 1815 and 1915, some 30 million Europeans arrived in the United States. For many it was...

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German Passport 1646 (permit to pass), Duchess of Hesse

10 June, 2015
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Very rare and early identification document from the final phase of the Thirty Years’ War for a duke’s messenger to Eisleben and Herringen, which probably was responsible for the conveyance of the princely annual Christmas post. – On the lower right corner is a note found on the disbursement of wages messengers (27 guilders) of 30 Januar 1647th – Anna Eleanor, daughter of the Landgrave Ludwig V of Hesse-Darmstadt...

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Free City of Danzig

9 June, 2015
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The website www.Danzig.org has everything what you need to know about the Free City of Danzig. Beside the excellent gallery of the three passport types in seven versions (direct link here…) you will find vast information, media and much more about the city. Truly a excellent site. I still do enjoy reading… Last but not least you will find displayed also a “Alien Passport” version which is most rare...

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Diplomacy, Vatican and WW II

9 June, 2015

AS THE CLOUDS OF WAR GATHERED again over Europe, the Knights of Columbus found themselves fighting to stay in Italy as Mussolini attempted to take over activities and organizations for Catholic youth, including the Knights’ playgrounds. Not only were the Knights able to keep the playgrounds operating in the early 1930s, they also managed to keep them running throughout World War II. When the war broke out, priests and...

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Belgium Diplomatic Passports 1954

1 June, 2015
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These are the diplomatic passports of Gilbert Mullie (Senator, Chairman of the Farmers Union, President of the Catholic party) and his wife. Both documents looks like printed yesterday and are in fantastic mint condition. His passport was used for travel and both passports were extended twice. HER passport is available for your collection! Gilbert Mullie Joseph Aristide , born on May 26, 1876 at Dottignies and died on 24...

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Nazi Germany Passport Nanking 1945 Manchuria

26 May, 2015
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A great piece of (passport) history. German passport issued in Berlin 17 April 1941 for Charlotte Zimmermann, resident of Nanking, China. Passport extended in Peking 30 September 1941. Several visa for China (Manchuria) and Russia. Extension of the passport again in Nanking 29 April 1945 and valid till 29 April 1947. Too bad I missed to grab this great document. The Nanking Massacre or Nanjing Massacre, also known as...

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