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Germany remembers the plot to kill Hitler

20 July, 2015
Germany remembers the plot to kill Hitler

July 20 marks the 70th anniversary of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg’s attempt to assassinate German Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. His son and a former guard still have vivid memories of that day. Read also my article (link at the bottom) about Ernst Munzinger, a conspirator of the July 20 plot and which passport I have in my collection! Berlin, July 20, 1944 Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg...

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U.S. Passport General Henry Goddard Thomas

15 July, 2015
U.S. Passport General Henry Goddard Thomas

What a great collectible! Never saw such a fancy U.S. passport before but more important it was issued to an iconic military figure. To bad I missed to grab it! PASSPORT ISSUED TO A GENERAL OF COLORED TROOPS A post-war partly-printed passport issued to Brevet Brigadier General Henry Goddard Thomas (1837-1897), enlisted as a private in the 5th Maine in 1861 and rose to the rank of brevet brig....

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PASSPORT WITH “HINDENBURG LZ129″ STAMP

13 July, 2015
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WOW! WHAT A HISTORICAL DOCUMENT! LAKEHURST DISASTER! What you see here is the US passport of Airship Passengers – Mr. & Mrs. Brown flying to Frankfurt, Germany on “LZ 129 Hindenburg7th North American FlightAugust 17-19 / 20-22, 1936″ LZ 129 Hindenburg (Luftschiff Zeppelin #129; Registration: D-LZ 129) was a large German commercial passenger-carrying rigid airship, the lead ship of the Hindenburg class, the longest class of flying machine and...

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Passport issued by Count Friedrich von Zeppelin 1828

12 July, 2015
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Original posting was from June 2012 I am very delighted to share with you this outstanding document which I could only acquire by support of a great fellow collector. Theo, you are the best! Again you made it possible! I wish I could do something for you soon too. Another great example of collector`s collaboration. You really contribute to the collector`s community in the very best way! Unfortunately there...

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Passport To Freedom

10 July, 2015
Haiti passport 1930

View and read the great story of a Jewish family escaping the Nazis in Berlin by purchasing land in Haiti. In this way they were granted a Haitian passport! A less known possibility and escape route when it comes to emigration of Jews during the Holocaust. Thank you Mary for sharing this awesome story! Click the Full screen icon to see a large presentation! Passport to freedom from Mary...

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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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