US Congressman John Hans Krebs Passport

John Hans Krebs Passport

John Hans Krebs PassportJohn Hans Krebs (December 17, 1926 – November 10, 2014) was an Israeli-American politician and attorney who served in the United States Congress from 1975 to 1979, representing California’s 17th congressional district.

Krebs, who was born in Berlin in 1926 and later lived in the Weimar Republic (now Germany), came to British-mandated Palestine in 1933 and attended the Balfour School (elementary) in 1937. In 1945, he received his bachelor’s degree from Ben Yehuda College. He volunteered for Haganah, a Jewish paramilitary group that advocated the establishment of an Israeli state, as a young man. After that, he went to the United States in 1946 and became a citizen in 1954. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with an A.B. in 1950 and the University of California Hastings College of the Law with an LL.B. in 1957. John Hans Krebs Passport

In 1957, he was admitted to the California bar and began practicing in Fresno in 1958. From 1952 until 1954, he was a member of the United States Army. From 1965 to 1969, Krebs was a member of the Fresno County Planning Commission, and from 1970 to 1974, he was a member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. In 1966, he was a delegate to the California State Democratic Convention. John Hans Krebs Passport

Krebs was elected to the 94th Congress as a Democrat, defeating four-term Republican Bob Mathias by a score of 52 percent to 48 percent. He was a member of the 94th and 95th Congresses (from January 3, 1975, to January 3, 1979). Krebs is regarded as the first Palestinian American to serve in Congress by The Jewish Press because he grew up in the British League of Nations Mandate of Palestine (known as Mandatory Palestine) and carried a Mandatory Palestine passport before coming to the United States. Other sources, like Haaretz, believe that John E. Sununu was the first Palestinian American to serve in Congress. John Hans Krebs Passport

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1978 to the Ninety-sixth Congress, losing to Charles Pashayan, Jr. He was a resident of Fresno, California. Krebs died on November 10, 2014, in Fresno, California. The John Krebs Wilderness in Sequoia National Park was named after him in 2009. John Hans Krebs Passport

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

The word "passport" came up only in the mid 15th Century. Before that, such documents were safe conducts, recommendations or protection letters. On a practical aspect, the earliest passport I have seen was from the mid 16th Century. Read more...

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

Every collector is doing well to define his collection focus, and yes, there are collectors looking for Celebrity passports and travel documents of historical figures like Winston Churchill, Brothers Grimm, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Read more...

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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