Auction 102

Lot 160:

SACHSENHAUSEN CONCENTRATION CAMP LETTER

The auction will start in __ days and __ hours

Start price: $50

Estimated price:

Auction house commission: 25%

Letter on the official camp stationery from a male prisoner at the Konzentrationslager Sachsenhausen in Oranienburg near Berlin. The camp held a special status as a training camp for future camp commanders and guard for the entire camp system. Initially, the camp held political opponents of the NS regime followed by increasing numbers of members of the groups declared by the National Socialists to be racially or socially inferior. This letter is dated ‘K.L.S. 19/1 1941’ and was written by Jaroslav Dvorak, prisoner number 14316, Block 52, to his wife, Marie Dvorakova living in Zamberk, Bohemia Moravia (Czech Republic), the envelope bears printed warnings. It is stamped with a red German 12 pfennig stamp and is canceled at Oranienburg 25.1.41 and carries a censorship stamp ‘Postzensurstelle K.L. Sachsenhausen J. [Jew]). The letter reads in part: ‘My loved ones! Thank you for your last letter which I received yesterday. I’m happy to hear that you are all healthy. Thank you also for the package, regarding the money, do not send me more than the 10 RM a month, I have enough at this time. I’m healthy and well. I often recall memories of you and of home, I have a lot of time. I look forward to your next letter and news about home. Stay healthy and be well and greeting to all relatives and neighbors…’ One mailing fold, else very good.

×