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Postage stamp, 50 zloty, featuring the Town Hall Tower, Krakow, issued in German occupied Poland

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Postage stamp issued by the General Gouvernement, the civilian ruling authority established by the Germans in southwestern Poland in 1939. This area was ceded to Germany under the terms of the German-Soviet Pact and it would be occupied by the Germans until 1944. It was divided into four administrative districts with seats in Krakow, Warsaw, Radom, and Lublin. There were several issues of stamps featuring historic landmarks of the region that the Germans claimed were of ancient German origin. This stamp depicts the Town Hall Tower in Krakow.

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  • Title: Postage stamp, 50 zloty, featuring the Town Hall Tower, Krakow, issued in German occupied Poland
  • Provenance: The postage stamp was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Terry Friedman.
  • Subject Keywords: Nazi propaganda--On postage stamps. Poland--History--Occupation, 1939-1945--On postage stamps. Postal service--Poland--History. Postage stamps--Poland--History--1933-1945. Postage stamps--Germany--Themes, motives--History.
  • Type: Exchange Media
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Rectangular paper stamp with perforated edges; on the recto is a graphic design in blue ink. It features an illustration of a large square tower surrounded by peaked roofed buildings and an arched arcade. In the top right corner is a dexter eagle with outstretched wings, perched atop a pedestal holding a swastika in its talons. The denomination 50 is printed in large type beneath the eagle. German text is printed along the lower border. The faint outlined of a circular cancellation stamp in black ink can be seen in the edges. The verso is covered with aged yellowed adhesive

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