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

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

THIS is absolutely a super rare German passport issued by the Nazis 1940 in TIENTSIN, CHINA! Look at the huge Chinese stamp with Swastika. The passport was issued to 26 year young Marianna Gosewisch. As you see in the document details she was even born in China 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. 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 were she worked as secretary for 8 years. Issued in Tientsin 18 June 1946. The letter ends with “…we wish she will find soon a new employment 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 2 photos of the house she lived in Tientsin (Assumption).

A most rare document set for passport collectors!

Enjoy the pictures…

Very Rare German Passport 1940 Tientsin, China - Melcchers & Co.The 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…

Very Rare German Passport 1940 Tientsin, China - Melcchers & Co.

Very Rare German Passport 1940 Tientsin, China - Melcchers & Co.

 

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 were 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 Melchers 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.

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

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