Auction 102

Lot 181:

CERTIFICATE FOR A HALF-JEWISH SURVIVOR

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Certification issued by the Reich Association of the Jews in Germany, Hannover, May 8, 1945, one page, the day of the German surrender in WWII. A document issued to a German citizen, Julius Meijer of Hannover (b. November 24, 1891), certifying him being a ‘half-Jew’ in the national registry. The document is partially typed in both German and English, signed in blue ink, and bears the official stamp of the Reich Association of the Jews in Germany. These certificates were issued as means to protect survivors from getting arrested and being prosecuted by the occupation forces as Nazis. The document shows signs of wear as expected, it is taped together on the back, shows folds, ragged edges, and a three-inch tear at the bottom, which can be easily mended.

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