The passport of Prof. Dr. Franz Böhm – Luxembourg Agreement

The passport of Franz Böhm – Luxembourg Agreement

This passport from 1950, issued by the Military government for Germany belonged to Franz Böhm (16 February 1895, Konstanz – 26 September 1977, Rockenberg) who was a German politician, lawyer, and economist. Böhm was a member of the German Bundestag from 1953 until 1965. During this time he was the leader of the German delegation for the reparations negotiations with Israel. Most interesting also, Böhm became heavily involved throughout the following years in opposition groups such as the Bonhoeffer-Krise and the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Erwin von Beckerath, a council of liberal economists opposed to Nazi economic practices. Only through name confusion resulting from a mistake by the Nazis was Böhm able to avoid arrest after the failed July 20 plot.

Throughout his time in the Bundestag Böhm remained deeply connected to the University of Freiburg and his students, continuing to provide seminars despite his role in the Bundestag. His political role remained secondary in importance to his career as an instructor. Böhm died on 26 September 1977 in Rockenberg. The Franz-Böhm Schule, a Berufsschule in Frankfurt am Main, is named in his honor.

A most interesting document - the passport of Prof. Dr. Franz Böhm

The passport of Franz Böhm – Luxembourg Agreement

His passport was over labeled with a sticker of the Allied High Commission for Germany (previous Military Government for Germany) and includes several visas to Switzerland. In early 1950, just 5 years after the end of WWII, an exit permit was necessary to leave Germany, as the visa to the USA on page 8 shows. Including an AMG revenue stamp. Page 11 shows probably one of the earliest USA visas in a German passport. Page 12 shows the validity of the passport, all European countries only. Interesting is, that Saar is listed here. Page 15 a visa to the Netherlands, page 21 to France.

The Reparations Agreement between Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany (GermanLuxemburger Abkommen “Luxembourg Agreement” or Wiedergutmachungsabkommen “Wiedergutmachung Agreement”, Hebrewהסכם השילומים Heskem HaShillumim “Reparations Agreement”) was signed on September 10, 1952, and entered in force on March 27, 1953. According to the Agreement, West Germany was to pay Israel for the costs of “resettling so great a number of uprooted and destitute Jewish refugees” after the war, and to compensate individual Jews, via the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, for losses in Jewish livelihood and property resulting from Nazi persecution. The Federal Government instructed Frankfurt law professor Franz Böhm as head of the delegation to conduct the negotiations on the German side. The signatures were signed by Chancellor Konrad Adenauer (as acting Foreign Minister) and Foreign Minister Moshe Scharett on 10 September 1952 in Luxembourg City Hall. The German Bundestag approved with a narrow majority on 18 March 1953.


A most interesting document - the passport of Prof. Dr. Franz Böhm

A most interesting document - the passport of Prof. Dr. Franz Böhm

A most interesting document - the passport of Prof. Dr. Franz Böhm


The passport of Franz Böhm – Luxembourg Agreement


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1. What are the earliest known examples of passports, and how have they evolved?

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2. Are there any notable historical figures or personalities whose passports are highly sought after by collectors?

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3. How did passport designs and security features change throughout different periods in history, and what impact did these changes have on forgery prevention?

"Passports" before the 18th Century had a pure functional character. Security features were, in the best case, a watermark and a wax seal. Forgery, back then, was not an issue like it is nowadays. Only from the 1980s on, security features became a thing. A state-of-the-art passport nowadays has dozens of security features - visible and invisible. Some are known only by the security document printer itself. Read more...

4. What are some of the rarest and most valuable historical passports that have ever been sold or auctioned?

Lou Gehrig, Victor Tsoi, Marilyn Monroe, James Joyce, and Albert Einstein when it comes to the most expensive ones. Read more...

5. How do diplomatic passports differ from regular passports, and what makes them significant to collectors?

Such documents were often held by officials in high ranks, like ambassadors, consuls or special envoys. Furthermore, these travel documents are often frequently traveled. Hence, they hold a tapestry of stamps or visas. Partly from unusual places.

6. Can you provide insights into the stories behind specific historical passports that offer unique insights into past travel and migration trends?

A passport tells the story of its bearer and these stories can be everything - surprising, sad, vivid. Isabella Bird and her travels (1831-1904) or Mary Kingsley, a fearless Lady explorer.

7. What role did passports play during significant historical events, such as wartime travel restrictions or international treaties?

During war, a passport could have been a matter of life or death. Especially, when we are looking into WWII and the Holocaust. And yes, during that time, passports and similar documents were often forged to escape and save lives. Example...

8. How has the emergence of digital passports and biometric identification impacted the world of passport collecting?

Current modern passports having now often a sparkling, flashy design. This has mainly two reasons. 1. Improved security and 2. Displaying a countries' heritage, icons, and important figures or achievements. I can fully understand that those modern documents are wanted, especially by younger collectors.

9. Are there any specialized collections of passports, such as those from a specific country, era, or distinguished individuals?

Yes, the University of Western Sidney Library has e.g. a passport collection of the former prime minister Hon Edward Gough Whitlam and his wife Margaret. They are all diplomatic passports and I had the pleasure to apprise them. I hold e.g. a collection of almost all types of the German Empire passports (only 2 types are still missing). Also, my East German passport collection is quite extensive with pretty rare passport types.

10. Where can passport collectors find reliable resources and reputable sellers to expand their collection and learn more about passport history?

A good start is eBay, Delcampe, flea markets, garage or estate sales. The more significant travel documents you probably find at the classic auction houses. Sometimes I also offer documents from my archive/collection. See offers... As you are already here, you surely found a great source on the topic 😉

Other great sources are: Scottish Passports, The Nansen passport, The secret lives of diplomatic couriers

11. Is vintage passport collecting legal? What are the regulations and considerations collectors should know when acquiring historical passports?

First, it's important to stress that each country has its own laws when it comes to passports. Collecting old vintage passports for historical or educational reasons is safe and legal, or at least tolerated. More details on the legal aspects are here...

Does this article spark your curiosity about passport collecting and the history of passports? With this valuable information, you have a good basis to start your own passport collection.

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