German Alien Passport – Budweis 1942 – Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
I have seen plenty of German Alien passports and I do also have several in my archive but this one is a unusual new addition. 90% or even more where issued to forced laborers and stateless people and functioned rather as a resident permit within “The Reich”, than as a travel document. Alien passports with foreign travels are very rare. Very few of my documents are with foreign travels e.g. to Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Italy and Switzerland.
This document was issued in Budweis 1942 to Anna Lepova, Hungarian national and I assume also forced laborer as her occupation is stated as “agricultural worker”. Budweis was then part of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. Her passport was three times extended and has several resident permits for the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. A rare document of passport history.
Attached to her Alien passport is a “Control card for foreign mail transactions”. These control cards had the purpose to limit the mail exchange to foreign countries, only two letters were allowed per month (with max. two pages), the sender had to identify himself at the post office. Foreign mail echange was then stamp in the control card. (Source: Reichsgesetzblatt 1944-1-1)