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Polish Passport Of Karol Wojtyła (Pope John Paul II)

15 May, 2014
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Im Jahr 2000 besuchte der schwerkranke Johannes Paul II. Jerusalem. An der Klagemauer schob er mit zitternder Hand einen Zettel in eine Steinfuge, wie es fromme Pilger tun. Darauf stand eine Bitte um Vergebung, die er dann in der Holocaust-Gedenkstätte Yad Vashem wiederholte, um Vergebung für alle Ausbrüche von „Hass, Verfolgung und Vertreibung, ausgelöst durch den Antisemitismus der Christen“. Es war keine fromme Predigt, sondern ein fast schon juristisch...

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Interesting Chinese Passport To Taiwan

12 May, 2014
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This 1929 Chinese passport from Fujian to Taiwan got the attention from collectors right away as the price was quickly going significantly up once it was online at a auction house. I see this type the very first time and I guess such early Chinese travel documents are truly rare to find. I do have a few Chinese and Taiwan documents but with distance my old Qing Dynasty Chinese...

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ICAO – Latest Developments On ePassports (eMRTD)

9 May, 2014
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In the last few months I got more interested on the current status of Biometric passports. The official term is eMRTD which means electronic Machine Readable Travel Documents. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which is is a specialized agency of the United Nations, sets the technical standard for passports worldwide and gives recommendations and guidelines on travel documents to its 191 member states.   Some of the most...

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The Oldest Printed Passport Of The Netherlands?

7 May, 2014
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Update 5.5.14 As assumed the document wasn’t sold! Many of the lots have been unsold which implies that all estimates and minimum bidding’s were far over estimated! The following passport is offered by a German auction house. Estimated result: €4.800 – €10.000. I am not so sure it will be sold and will keep track and report after April 26. Description by the auction house: The Hauge, Antwerp, 6...

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Bavaria, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs – Ministerialpass

5 May, 2014
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Bavaria, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs – Ministerialpass (Departmental Passport) Once more I got a awesome document for my German collection due to the support via my global network. I deeply appreciate that! What you see here is a light blue Ministerialpass (Departmental passport) from the Bavarian State Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the document is unissued (blank). This type I saw only twice in all the years of collecting. See...

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Nicholas Winton – Saving Czech Jewish Kids on the eve of WWII

2 May, 2014
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In 1938, London stockbroker Nicholas Winton decided to use his two weeks vacation to get to work. As violence began escalating against Jewish people in Europe, the 29-year-old traveled to Prague and ended up saving the lives of 669 children, mostly Jews, from almost certain death. Winton – now 104 – has spoken to CBS’ 60 Minutes about his incredible story, which included theft, forging documents and even blackmailing...

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Interesting Finland Passport

30 April, 2014
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This Finish passport from 1953 is interesting as it has a visa for Germany issued by the British Legation in Helsinki. Why is that? Well, the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic (West and East Germany) were both recognized just on January 7, 1972 by Finland and diplomatic relations between Finland and West Germany were established on January 7, 1973. So it took almost 28 years after WWII to establish...

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Altered SUGIHARA Travel Document To Save Not One Jewish Life But Two

29 April, 2014
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This Travel Document is one of the most interesting collectible I ever got. Here is the story of this life saving document with a visa issued by righteous diplomat Chinue “Sempo” Sugihara. The document which is a Certificate (Zaswiadczenie) printed by the Polish Legation in Kaunas / Lithuania was issued by British Legation, section Polish interests in Lithuania, Legation stamp (HIS BRITANNIC MAJESTY LEGATION LITHUANIA), signed by Chargé des...

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ICAO Meeting upcoming

28 April, 2014
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ICAO Headquarters, Montreal, Canada The Twenty-second Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group on Machine Readable Travel Documents (TAG/MRTD/22) will be held at ICAO Headquarters, Montreal, Canada from 21 to 23 May 2014. Interesting topics will be discussed and presented. For example: Circulating Specimen Signatures in passports New technologies Evidence of identification Deviations in MRTD’s The full agenda can be found at the ICAO website.

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Kingdom Of Saxony, German Empire Unusual Passport Booklet

27 April, 2014
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Kingdom Of Saxony, German Empire Unusual Passport Booklet 1866 This type I never saw before! The cover of the passport booklet looks like the standard German Empire travel documents but it’s not! The wording and layout of the pages are different and the first page has a “REISE-PASS” blind stamp at the lower margin. Also page three shows a very nice blind stamp “K.S. REISEPASSINSAUSLAND “and coat of arms....

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