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Postcard from Birkenau

Museum Work

Resource TypeDocuments
Date of Creationpostmarked 20 June 1944
GenreCorrespondence & Philatelic Materials
Object ID1993.066.002
Previous NUmber93.08.0242; 93.08.0059T
Place of CreationAuschwitz II-Birkenau
DescriptionPostcard sent from prisoner in Birkenau to family in Budapest, Hungary. Thin, low quality paper. Writing in brown pencil. 
Materials/Techniquespencil on paper
Measurements10 x 15 cm
InscriptionsRecto: written address information; stamped text in German and Hungarian
Verso: message written in German; dated and signed
LanguageGerman, Hungarian
ProvenanceGifted to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre by Daniel Wollner, a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Dachau concentration camps.
Legal Statuspermanent collection
Credit LineCourtesy of Daniel Wollner
NoteThis postcard was sent by a relative of Daniel Wollner to a woman in Budapest who had agreed to pass correspondence on to his wife. Mr. Wollner was given this card after the war by his relative's wife.

Prisoners were given postcards by German guards to send home to family in Hungary. Messages had to be written in German. The correspondence was postdated and return address falsified to mislead the recipient that the sender was in Waldsee (a resort area in Austria) instead of Auschwitz.