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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German Ambassador Baron Von Wangenheim

25 April, 2014
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Another outstanding and historic valuable German document for my collection! This is the passport of Baron von Wangenheim, German ambassador in Constantinople / Ottoman Empire. von Wangenheim was witness of the Armenian Genocide where estimated 1.5 Million people were killed. Hans Freiherr von Wangenheim (1859–1915) – German diplomat. Ambassador Extraordinary to Mexico. German Minister at Athens, 1909-12. During World War I, from 1912 to October 25, 1915 was ambassador...

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Scotland Might Have Own Passport Soon

22 April, 2014
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A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on Thursday 18 September 2014.Following an agreement between the Scottish Government and the United Kingdom Government,the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill, setting out the arrangements for this referendum, was put forward on 21 March 2013,passed by the Scottish Parliament on 14 November 2013 and received Royal Assent on 17 December 2013.The question to be asked in the...

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German Cameroon Passport – Colony Of The German Empire

21 April, 2014
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THIS passport of the German colony in Cameroon is a travel document which I love to have in my collection but another collector had deeper pockets so I was outbid. Congratulation to seller and buyer (a fellow collector) for this great result. A fantastic item and a super rare treasure when it comes to passports. German Cameroon (German: Kamerun) was a West African colony of the German Empire from...

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SINGAPORE Passport Act

19 April, 2014
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SINGAPORE has one of the toughest laws on passports world wide, I would even say THE toughest! Especially part V is dealing with offenses and penalties and these are severe! Look at the following offense. Selling Singapore passport, etc., Division 2 — Offenses, 42. (1)  A person who sells a Singapore passport or a Singapore travel document shall be guilty of an offense and shall be liable on conviction to...

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A Fifty Year Old Passport…

17 April, 2014
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from a Philippines author This is my grandfathers passport from the 1950s. With a matte, almost linen-like, khaki-colored cover and numbered by hand as No. 3155. It provides a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era of civilized travel. Forget computerized bar-coding, filament infused security paper, or even electronic chips in the most modern, highly laminated and tamper proof travel documents. This old passport definitely had style, in the same...

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