Auction 102

Lot 159:

SACHSENHAUSEN CONCENTRATION CAMP LETTER

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Letter on the official camp stationery from a prisoner at the Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg Nazi concentration camp near Berlin. The camp held mainly political prisoners during WWII. The letter is dated January 6, 1944. It was written by Friedrich Matauschek, prisoner number 71523, Block 27/B, probably to his wife. In part: ‘…I cannot write a lot, but I am thinking about you every day…I must thank you for the packages…the noodles gave me great joy…the last packet with bread and bacon was also very good…I have angered you, but now I will be very different. I have learned my lesson. I have received my shoes…’ Mailing folds, minor loss of paper at the bottom and on the top. The enclosed envelope bears the official stamp of the camp.

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