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British Passport 1792 FITZGERALD Lord Robert Stephen

8 June, 2014
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BRITISH PASSPORT 1792 FITZGERALD LORD ROBERT STEPHEN – PASSPORT TO CROSS SWITZERLAND … to allow free passage MISTER PAIJOL officer in the regiment of the Marquis of Autichamps serving his Britannic majesty going to join his body Dusseldorf Germany,  signed passport valid for two months,  BERNE 1 October 1792, signature ROBERT FITZGERALD Minister, good general condition is back with two beautiful wax seals in very good condition some old...

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Adolf Hitler’s Passport

2 June, 2014
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Where is Adolf Hitler’s passport? This article was published first in the German Spiegel Magazine 52/2001 (Link to the original German article) and gives a good overview of the whereabouts of Hitler’s estate including his passport. You can easily translate the text with the language translation tool at my website. First select German then switch to English. This article was motivated by the recent occurrence of two passports from...

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Nazi Germany Passport Issued In Luxembourg

28 May, 2014
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Nazi Germany Passport Issued In Luxembourg Here comes a very nice addition to my own collection. A German passport issued at the German Embassy in Luxembourg 17 Oct 1939 – just three weeks after WWII begun and eight month before Nazi Germany occupied Luxembourg in Mai 1940. Pay attention to the handwritten remark on page one as it’s stated “Tsch.Pass No.318 v. 14.4.1923, Paris”. So it looks like the...

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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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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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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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