I got in contact with William Kaczynski via a friend of Danny Spungen as we have a hobby in common – passport collecting. Danny has a much broader collection field as I do because he is searching for Holocaust Postal Documents for his foundation. William has just recently published his book “Fleeing from the Fuhrer” which is telling not only about Holocaust Postal Documents but also the story of his own family during these dark years in German history. We all three were sitting together and had a great discussion about the topic. I could also inspect the German passport of Williams mother Edith with the infamous red-colored J-stamp, even Williams attached Kinderpass (Child Passport) had this large red J-stamp. A unique combination which I never saw before I all my years of passport collecting.
One chapter of Williams book is also telling about “People Who Made A Difference.” A few exceptional people who made a difference in the lives of others. I posted earlier some articles on this topic on my website. Here you can see the book description of the book which I like to recommend to all of you.
“The exodus of men, women, and children fleeing from the Nazi regime was one of the largest Diasporas the world has ever seen. It sparked an international refugee crisis that changed society and continues to shape our culture and community today. The years between 1933 and 1945, the Nazi era in Germany, and the war years, 1939 to 1945, were a time of destruction, upheaval, and misery throughout Europe and beyond. Displacement and death, whether in war or civilian life, became everyday experiences, for young and old alike. Families were torn apart by enforced emigration or deportation. Parents were separated from their children, husbands from wives, brothers from sisters. Interned in camps that spread across the globe from Shanghai to the United States of America to the Isle of Man, they became strangers in a foreign land and often the only link they had to their former lives were letters exchanged with friends and family. These scarce postal communications, therefore, assumed huge significance in the lives of both sender and receiver, one that is hard to imagine today in the age of instant communication. Fleeing from the Fuhrer is an amazing collection of correspondence that shows the incredible nature of this worldwide emigration and the indomitable spirit of these refugees. Each postcard, envelope, and item of ephemera tells its own unique story and is reproduced in full color, making this a fascinating resource for anyone wanting to understand this poignant part of our international history.”