Fall Auction 2019 Sale 77
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Important archive of nearly thirty documents and articles of ephemera related to Rabbi Simon Alter Frankel, a Polish Jew residing in the Krakow Ghetto, includes: partly-printed D.S., 1p. 4to., Krakow, Aug. 18, 1940, Frankel's "Ausweis" ("identification card") issued by the "Judische Gemeinde" ("Jewish Community") in Krakow, numbered "18709" and listing his date of birth as April 27, 1902, his address as Jozefinska Street No. 3, and his occupation as an official of the "Judische Gemeinde". A modern reproduction of his identification photo, duplicated from an original found on another document offered in this lot, has been affixed at upper left by a collector, with his bold signature in blue ink below. Another official's stamped signature appears at the conclusion. Shows folds with some splits and wear thereto, else very good. WITH: partly-printed D.S., 4pp. 12mo., Krakow, Aug. 1, 1941, a second "ausweis" issued by the "Judenrates der Stadt Krakau" ("Jewish Council of the Coty of Krakow") in the district of Borek Falecki. The ausweis bears Frankel's identification photo (from which the above-described copy was made) above his signature in black ink, with his date of birth and a typed notice that he serves as a Rabbi and wedding officiator in the district, and thus should be excused form other employment or forced labor. This notice is signed and stamped by a "Judenrat" official at the conclusion. The verso of the ausweis bears two similar typed attestations from officials in the districts of Wola Duchacka and Prokocim, each again signed and stamped. The two leaves of the ausweis are separated along the central fold, with additional wear to the edges, else very good. WITH: typed D.S., 1p. 4to., Skawina, April 14, 1941, a statement drafted by Frankel requesting a pass to move freely within the districts of Skawina, Wola Duchacka, Prokocim and Borek Falecki in order to conduct business as a civil servant in the Jewish civil registry office. He signs twice at the conclusion, adding several ink emendations to the text and his stamp as "Leiter des judischen Zivilstandesamts" ("Head of the Jewish Civil Registry Office") at upper left. He also executes a number of financial tabulations on the verso in black ink. Shows folds, else very good. WITH: T.L.S., 1p. 4to., Borek Falecki, April 24, 1941, from the Borek Falecki "Judenrat" ("Jewish Council") to Frankel, notifying him that the "state commissar" has authorized a monthly salary of 200 zloty for his work as the head of the Jewish civil registry office for the four districts described above. Most interestingly, the conclusion bears the stamps of the "Judenrat" for each of the four districts, as well as that of the "kreishauptmann" of the General Governorate for occupied Poland, each accompanied by the signature of a representative. Shows heavy folds with some splits thereto at the edges and junctions, else very good. WITH: a trio of partly-printed D.S.'s, each 1p. oblong 8vo., all Skawina, two being passes allowing Frankel to move freely between the districts of Krakow, and the third giving his family permission to relocate within the district of Skawina. All bear the stamp of the "state commissar" for Skawina, with the relocation pass signed by that office's representative in black ink. All show folds with minor splits, else very good. Additional pieces include documents from the Jewish Community in Krakow, certifying Frankel's occupation as a rabbi and confirming that he is free of diseases; documents issued by the "Judenrates" in the communities of Sawin, Swoszowice and Lublin, certifying his position and authorization to be in those locales; various additional passes and notices issued by the General Governorate and its subsidiaries in Krakow; receipts noting the entry of Frankel and his children into various districts; and banking documents and a calling card related to Simche Frankel, Simon's father, who also served as a Rabbi and was confined to the ghetto. Altogether, these documents comprise one of the largest and most detailed chronicles of a particular individual caught up in the Holocaust that we have ever seen, and simply contain too many details to thoroughly describe here. Certainly worthy of further research.
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Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $0.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Auction closed on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
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