Participant ID Potsdam Conference

Participant ID Potsdam Conference

The rare ID belongs to a British participant in the Potsdam Conference, which took place from July 17 to August 2, 1945, in the Cecilienhof Palace in Potsdam. Officially, the last war conference of the Allies is called the “Berlin…

Mata Hari (Margaretha G. Zelle) Identity Papers

Mata Hari (Margaretha G. Zelle) Identity Papers

A recent TV documentation about this extraordinary woman inspired me to write this article. Mata Hari, real name Margaretha Geertuida Zelle, was born in 1876 in Leeuwarden, Holland. At 19, she married a Dutch naval officer, Captain Mc Leod, and followed…

Passport of Italian 30-days King Umberto II

Passport of Italian 30-days King Umberto II

Passport King Umberto II Umberto II (born Sept. 15, 1904, Racconigi, Italy—died March 18, 1983, Geneva, Switz.), prince of Savoy, was briefly king of Italy in 1946 until he was forced to abdicate after a republican form of government was approved…

German Jew denied to travel due to missing J-stamp

German Jew denied to travel due to missing J-stamp

From 5 October 1938, German Jews needed to have a so-called “unique identifier” in the form of a 3 cm large red J in their passports. The following German passport was issued in Vienna on 27 September 1938 in the…

A Passport issued by King George III

A Passport issued by King George III

passport King George III George III was born on 4 June 1738 in London, the eldest son of Frederick, Prince of Wales, and Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha. He became heir to the throne on his father’s death in 1751, succeeding…

Ernst Munzinger Passport – 20 July Plot

Ernst Munzinger Passport – 20 July Plot

Ernst Munzinger Passport – Member of the 20 July Plot The following passport is of vital importance in German history as it’s bearer was a conspirator in the German Resistance and a member of the 20 July plot against Hitler….

Early Federal German Foreign Representations

Early Federal German Foreign Representations

When it comes to passport history, Germany and GDR are a key focus for me. In my collection, I have one of the very first Federal German passports. Same for GDR – one of the first and probably the very…

British Consul Woodhouse in Petrograd 1916

British Consul Woodhouse in Petrograd 1916

The city of Petrograd was the capital of the Russian Empire from the 18th to the 20th century. Only from 1914 to 1924 it was called Petrograd. For more than 200 years, the name was St.Petersburg. British Consul Woodhouse Petrograd…

The Passport From Princess Natalja Of Montenegro Is Back To It`s Family

The Passport From Princess Natalja Of Montenegro Is Back To It`s Family

By Géraldine Cerf de Dudzeele, Paris – repost from 2013 Passport Princess Natalja Montenegro Natalija Konstantinović was born in Trieste (Italy) in 1882 as the daughter of Alexander Konstantinović and Milena Opuić. She was descended from the Obrenović dynasty which…