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Postage stamp, 60 zloty, featuring Castle Court, Krakow, issued in German occupied Poland

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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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 Castle Court in Krakow.

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  • Title: Postage stamp, 60 zloty, featuring Castle Court, Krakow, issued in German occupied Poland
  • Location: Poland--History--Occupation, 1939-1945--On postage stamps.
  • 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. 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 dark gray ink. It features an illustration of a wide ascending staircase n the foreground, with a courtyard and a 3 story building rows of arches in the background. In the upper left corner is a dexter eagle with outstretched wings, perched atop a pedestal holding a swastika in its talons. The denomination 60 is printed in large type in the lower right. German text is printed along the lower border. The faded imprint of a circular cancellation stamp in black ink is across the left side. The verso is covered with aged yellowed adhesive.

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