German Foreign Office and War Crime…

Hitler’s Diplomats Historian Calls Wartime Ministry A ‘Criminal Organization’ In a SPIEGEL interview, historian Eckart Conze discusses the German Foreign Ministry’s contribution to the Holocaust, Nazi old-boy networks in postwar Germany and the reluctance of the German diplomatic community to…

Bond author’s passport sells for premium

A passport used by James Bond creator Ian Fleming for a real-life spying mission has sold for more than five times more than expected at £15,525. The single-page, temporary diplomatic document was sold by auction at Sotheby’s in London. Commander…

Passports, Travel, Nations: Landmarks

This page highlights landmarks in the history of passport, citizenship documentation and travel surveillance schemes. 1557 de Vitoria’s De Indis Noviter Inventis 1562 Edict of Saint-Germain-de-Pres grants limited rights of assembly to French Huguenots 1646 Grotius’ De Iure Belli ac…

League of Nations – Passport Conferences

The League of Nations held two conferences about passports. Below you see their recommendation of a “passport standard”. Follow the source link for detailed information. Conference on Passports and Customs Formalities October 15-21, 1920 in Paris, International Travel Issues Second…

German Ministerialpass 1924

As collector you rarely find such great items. I was lucky to get this passport in exchange with another collector friend and for me this is by the way a great example of collector collaboration. We both had something what…

Israel – Diplomatic Passport 1951

Interesting and early diplomatic passport of Israel… Here is the biography of this Israeli diplomat. Ehud Avriel (1917 – August 27, 1980) was an Israeli diplomat and politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Mapai between 1955…

Memel Territory Passport

EXTREMELY RARE vintage MEMEL TERRITORY (now in Lithuania) passport issued August 23, 1921 in Memel.  Three languages : French, German and Lithuanian. FULL of stamps and visas. Light green cover. 16 pages.  Good condition. 4″ x 5.5″ – 10 x 14cm. In 1920, according to the…