Tag: History

Diplomacy, Vatican and WW II

AS THE CLOUDS OF WAR GATHERED again over Europe, the Knights of Columbus found themselves fighting to stay in Italy as Mussolini attempted to take over activities and organizations for Catholic youth, including the Knights’ playgrounds. Not only were the…

East German Passports

East German passports (German Democratic Republic, GDR) are nice and still affordable collectibles and in my opinion underestimated by collectors. Why? Till mid 80’s the people did rarely held a passport as they were heavily restricted to travel outside GDR.…

Swiss Passport History (German)

Source: SF (Swiss TV) with 54 photos Wie der Pass rot wurde… Einen Pass zu haben, erscheint uns als selbstverständlich. Dabei gibt es das kleine Büchlein noch keine 100 Jahre. Und seine mittlerweile klassische Farbe Rot bekam der Schweizer Pass…

Albert Einstein Ministerialpass (Departmental Passport)

Well, I guess most collector’s don’t know that Albert Einstein held a German “Ministerialpass” (Departmental Passport). I was discovering this fact while investigating on another Ministerialpass. His passport is dated 11/18/1930 and issued for Einstein as member of the International…

The Brest Ghetto Passport Collection

The Brest Ghetto Passport Collection consists of documents prepared at the order of the Nazi authorities after the capture of Brest in the summer of 1941. All Jews of 14 years of age and above living in the Brest Ghetto…

Thomas Jefferson – Passport 1789

Thomas Jefferson passport

Thomas Jefferson recalled his departure from France in his autobiography: “I cannot leave this great and good country without expressing my sense of its preeminence of character among the nations of the earth.” Thomas Jefferson’s passport is signed by King…

My German passport found in Shanghai

(by PETER NASH, Sydney) My German passport found in Shanghai Sitting at the computer my wife Rieke knew something special had come into the ‘inbox’ and called me immediately. The unknown sender titled the Subject: “Lost Passport in Shanghai” –…

Der Passexpedient – A Book Review

Der Passexpedient

by Tom Topol, passport collector & editor, Zürich, August 2012 One of the most famous travel documents in history is the “Safe Conduct” by Emperor Charles V for Martin Luther’s journey to the Imperial Diet of Worms in 1521. During…

passport-collector.com at The Political Archives

passport-collector.com (PCC) at the Political Archives of the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. The Political Archive is the “memory” of the Federal Foreign Office. The team includes archivists, historians and restorers as well as record management, Reading Room and stack…