German Passport 1646 – Duchess of Hesse

German Passport 1646 – Duchess of Hesse

german passport duchess 1646 Very rare and early identification document from the final phase of the Thirty Years’ War for a duke’s messenger to Eisleben and Herringen, which probably was responsible for conveying the princely annual Christmas post. – On…

A modern German passport with a surprise

A modern German passport with a surprise

The following modern German passport is an emergency passport. Issued in 2000 and valid for one year only, until 2001. The document shows no travels and comes in pristine condition. At the first look, there is nothing special to see…

Romanian Minister murdered by the Iron Guards

Romanian Minister murdered by the Iron Guards

Romanian Minister Iron Guards Victor Iamandi was born on 15 Feb 1891 in Hodora village, town Cotnari, Iasi county and died between 26 and 27 November 1940 in Jilava prison. He was a lawyer, professor, and politician. Bachelor of Law…

Special passport issued by Canada for the 1936 Vimy pilgrimage

Special passport issued by Canada for the 1936 Vimy pilgrimage

Special passport issued by Canada for the 1936 Vimy pilgrimage During research, I stumbled over this unusual Canadian passport, which I never heard of before, but the story behind this special passport is of national significance. The Canadian National Vimy…

Russian Empress Elizabeth Passport 1747

Russian Empress Elizabeth Passport 1747

Russian Empress Elisabeth passport Peter III was emperor of Russia for a mere six months in 1762 before he was overthrown by his wife, Catherine the Great, and assassinated in 1762. During his reign, he withdrew from the Seven Years…

MfS passport control at the inner-German border

MfS passport control at the inner-German border

60 years Berlin Wall MfS passport control From 1964 at the latest, MfS employees of the later passport and control units of HA VI, dressed in border troops uniforms, completely took over the control of entries and exits at the…

Josef Brueck – saved by the Kindertransport 1939

Josef Brueck – saved by the Kindertransport 1939

Josef Brueck Kindertransport 1939 60 years of building the Wall This is the East German passport of Josef Brueck. Brueck was married to German writer, translator, and journalist Eva Brück, nee Morgenstern. Eva and Josef have fled Vienna from the…

Interzonal Train D151 – 13 Aug 1961 – Berlin Wall

Interzonal Train D151 – 13 Aug 1961 – Berlin Wall

60 Years Berlin Wall August 13, 1961, 8:10 a.m. Interzonenzug D 151 leaves Munich on time for East Berlin. Most of the passengers are on their way back to their homeland, the GDR. Suddenly, a rumor makes the rounds on…

The man behind the pseudonym Marten Tjaden

The man behind the pseudonym Marten Tjaden

He studied in Moscow; his political career began in the 1930s when he became a party official, a position for which he was jailed. He fled to the Netherlands and returned to Berlin with a Dutch passport in 1935 by…