Summer Auction 2019 Sale 76
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Fine collection of relics and documents related to Adolf Friedmann, a German Jew who survived imprisonment at the Theresienstadt concentration camp in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. The lot includes: a pair of yellow cloth Star of David identification patches, each 3 1/4" x 4", printed with the identifier "Jude" and backed with brown cloth. One is soiled and retains a small loop of black thread at one point, suggesting that it was removed from a garment, while the second is in fine condition. The stars are accompanied by a fascinating archive of documents related to Friedmann's imprisonment, including: partly-printed D.S., 2pp. oblong 12mo., Theresienstadt, April 4, 1945, Friedmann's "Ausweis" ("identification card") issued by the "Altestenrat" ("Elder's Council") at Theresienstadt, listing his date and place of birth (Aug. 27, 1896 in Munich) and the address of his residence in Prague. The verso lists additional physical characteristics and bears his signature in black ink, while both sides are marked "ohne Lichtbild" ("without photograph"). The recto is additionally signed at the conclusion by a member of the elder's council. Shows notable wear and bumps to the edges, else very good. WITH: partly-printed D.S. in Czech and German, 1p. 8vo., Prague, May 29, 1945, a certificate issued by the National Council of the Jewish Community of Prague, affirming that Friedmann was held at Theresienstadt from February 5 to May 5, 1945. A representative of the Council signs at center right in black ink. Shows folds with some splits thereto, else very good. WITH: partly-printed D.S., 2pp. oblong 8vo., Prague, July 5, 1943, a duplicate copy of Friedmann's police registration card, originally issued Oct. 17, 1940. The card again indicates his date of birth in Munich, and further states that he became a resident of Prague on Oct. 16, 1940. Interestingly, it further lists his religion as "evangelische" ("Lutheran"), but confirms his Jewish ethnicity, perhaps indicating that he converted upon marriage. Friedmann signs near the conclusion in black ink, with two officials countersigning. The document is split in two along a central fold, with the top left corner missing, else very good. WITH: partly-printed D.S. in Czech, Cyrillic and English, 1p. 4to., Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), Oct. 2, 1946, a "movement authority" granting Friedmann permission to return to Germany, utilizing his passport issued in 1939. It further states that he is "voluntarily relocating", and bears his identification photo at bottom left. An official signs at the conclusion in black ink. Shows folds with some splits thereto at the edges and center, else very good. WITH: partly-printed D.S., 4pp. 8vo., [Theresienstadt, n.d.], Friedmann's "Spar-Karte" ("Saving Card'), issued by the "Bank der Judischen Selbstverwaltung" ("Bank of Jewish Self-Government") at Theresienstadt. The front cover prominently bears a Star of David, as well as Friedmann's signature in black ink, his account number, and his transport number. The card contains two entries, dated March and April of 1945. Shows expected wear to the edges, else very good. The archive is further comprised of several additional important post-war documents, including: partly-printed D.S., 4pp. 12mo., Karlovy Vary, July 20, 1945, a "Registration Certificate" issued by the "Czechoslovak Repatriation Office", listing Friedmann's biographical information and his desired destination of Paris, as well as his signature. Signed by an official at the conclusion in black ink. Shows wear, else very good. WITH: partly-printed D.S., 3pp. 24mo., [n.p.], Jan. 30, 1951, an identification card issued by the International Refugee Organization, again containing Friedmann's signature and identification photo, and indicating that he is a recipient of "Discretionary Resettlement Assistance". An "eligibility officer" signs at the conclusion in black ink. The collection is rounded out by several additional items, including a certificate excusing Friedmann from de-Nazification proceedings, a handwritten doctor's statement confirming that Friedmann and his wife are free from infectious diseases, a war-date package receipt, a possibly war-date ration card, two post-war kippahs, and many additional war-date documents related to Friedmann's family members, unresearched by us. Overall, an extremely fine collection of items related to one Holocaust survivor's experience. Should be seen.
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Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $5,937.50
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Auction closed on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
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