Nansen Certificate Of Identity – Free City Of Danzig

NANSEN CERTIFICATE OF IDENTITY – FREE CITY OF DANZIG, Germany 1925 and vaid till 1926, with revenue and stamps.

CONGRATULATIONS to seller and buyer! See the footer of the ID-Card which shows it’s a NANSEN CERTIFICATE OF IDENTITY. This is the very first NANSEN I saw which was issued by the FREE CITY OF DANZIG (Gdansk) is now part of Poland.

NANSEN documents for refugees are rare to find for passport collectors and therefore high ranking on every collector’s wishlist.

Nansen passports were internationally recognized identity cards first issued by the League of Nations to stateless refugees. Designed in 1922 by Fridtjof Nansen, in 1942 they were honored by governments in 52 countries and were the first refugee travel documents. Approximately 450,000 Nansen passports were issued, helping hundreds of thousands of stateless people to immigrate to a country that would have them. The Nansen International Office for Refugees was awarded the 1938 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to establish the Nansen passports.

The Nansen passport was developed as a result of a series of citizenship laws in European countries, including but not limited to the United Kingdom, Germany and France, that excluded millions of ethnic minorities, which were erstwhile residents in their countries, from attaining citizenship. Hundreds of thousands of them stayed permanently abroad. It proved to be a great success, one of the few that could be attributed to the League of Nations.

While Nansen passports are no longer issued, present national authorities, including the United Nations, issue documents for stateless people and refugees. These include: Certificate of Identity (or Alien’s Passport), Travel Document (also known as a “Refugee Travel Document”) and Laissez-Passer.

4 comments for “Nansen Certificate Of Identity – Free City Of Danzig

  1. Neil
    25 March, 2011 at 21:02

    Amazing! surely is a first time for many of us! an early sample too!

  2. Jonathan
    25 March, 2011 at 17:56

    If you look at the text at bottom of this, you will see that it is actually a Danzig Nansen passport. First one I’ve seen.

    • 25 March, 2011 at 21:39

      EXCELLENT, Jonathan. Just another proof that you are a master in this topic. But isn’t it strange that this statement can be found on a ID-card maybe that makes it even more interesting. Thanks for sharing and I learned today to look more carefuly on footer 😉

      • Jonathan
        27 March, 2011 at 01:29


        You’ve probably noticed that “Nansen passports” are not always marked as such. In my collection, Nansen passports from Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, are titled “certificat d’identite”, “Personalausweis”, “Nansenausweis”, or something similar. The Bulgarian and French ones are more explicitly marked as Nansen passports.

        By the way, thanks for the compliment, but you deserve the credit for creating this excellent site!


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