Very Rare German Passport 1940 Tientsin, China – Melchers & Co.

German Passport 1940 Tientsin

THIS is a super rare German passport issued by the Nazis 1940 in TIENTSIN, CHINA! Look at the large Chinese stamp with Swastika. The passport was issued to 26 years young Marianna Gosewisch; as you see in the document details, she was even born in China in 1914. Her passport was valid till 13 August 1945 but was once more renewed by the “GERMAN OFFICE” in TIENTSIN until 13 August 1945. Pay attention also to the “EXAMINED STAMP” on page 6. It is stamped by the BUREAU OF POLICE, GREATER TIENTSIN! The cover is loose, but the rest is in excellent condition.

The passport came with several other documents like Third Reich Certificate of Residence 1938, Letter of Reference for Marianna from the German company Melchers & Co, Tientsin was she worked as a secretary for eight years. Issued in Tientsin 18 June 1946. The letter ends with “…we wish she will find new employment soon in her home country” and further a Testimonial issued for Marianna from the Principal of the German School in Tientsin dated Hamburg 1958. Last but not least, two photos of the house she lived in Tientsin (Assumption). German Passport 1940 Tientsin

A rare document set for passport collectors!

German Passport 1940 TientsinThe Japanese red boxed cachet is the standard phrasing to indicate that the holder is a German national just in case being stopped by a Japanese police/military patrol in occupied China…

The Melchers & Co. company still exists today. Melchers began trading in Hong Kong in 1866 with the establishment of a branch of Melchers & Co. of Bremen. The business quickly prospered, and in 1877, a second branch was established in Shanghai with further branches being established by 1910 in Hangkow, Canton, Tientsin, Chingkang, Ichang, Nanjing, Chongqing and Tsingtao. Melchers was forced to close these branch offices during World War I, but business activities resumed in the early 1920s with help from the Chinese Government. However, the Second World War and the Communist Government, which followed, saw the complete cessation of Melcher’s business operations in China. As a result, Hong Kong became the focal point of business in the region with the formal re-establishment of the office there in 1952.

German Passport 1940 Tientsin

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