University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Philatelic and Numismatic Items

Post Holocaust Israel, USA, Canada, Rwanda, and Russia

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israeli souvenir sheet

Israeli Postal Souvenir Sheet issued in 1995.WWII Holocaust.Judaica.Liberation from Camps.

50th Anniversary and The Yishuv Volunteers cachet cover

Cachet covers issued to commemorate 50th Anniversary of the End of The Second World War and The Yishuv ( Jewish ) Volunteers to The British Army in WW2. 400 sets issued. Depicting war time Jewish Brigade patriotic posters .Each cover is franked with Israel's special stamps commemorating the Jewish Brigade as well as the special stamp issued for the event and cancelled with cachet cancellation.

israeli covers
israeli covers

50th Anniversary and The Knesseth celebration cachet cover

Cachet cover issued to commemorate 50th Anniversary of the End of The Second World War and The Knesseth celebration of the Victory over the Nazis and participation of Jewish soldiers in the War ( Hebrew inscription of the cachet cancellation ). This cover is # 72 of only 400 covers issued. Depicting Jewish Brigade insignia .Each cover is franked with Israel's special stamps depicting the Knesset ( Israel's Parliament ) as well as the special stamp issued for the event and cancelled with cachet cancellation.

jewish brigade cover
jewish brigade cover
canadian stamps

Canada-Full sheet of 20 stamps made in memorial of the Jewish Holocaust.

allied forces cover

American commemorative issue of September, 1995 commemorating the Liberation of the Nazi Camps.

Israeli first day cover

fdc israel cover

Israeli first day coverĀ  issued to commemorate the help of the Dutch people to the Jewish comunity during WW2 and the Nazi Occupation and the 33rd Anniversary of the Amsterdam Strike against the Jewish deportation. Issued by the Public Committee for Appreciation of the Dutch Nation ( in Israel ). Issued 1974 - cancelled with cachet cancellation. There is some irony in this commemoration as the Dutch had the largest Nazi party outside of Germany and 75% of the Jews who were hidden were turned in by collaborators. The Dutch Jewish community was decimated and special recognition of the Holocaust did not take place in the Netherlands until the 1970s. Holland produced Hitler's most famous victim-Anne Frank.

Israel-Holocaust-Ghetto Warsaw memorial folder

25th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 1968. Israel-Holocaust-Ghetto Warsaw memorial folder.

commemorative cover commemorative cover commemorative cover

Judaica, Anti-Semitic card, Nazis to Americans

anti-semitic card

A card mailed to Americans by Nazi Groups on the Eve of the German invasion of Poland, the card is seeking Americans support for the invasion, the card also call for the expulsion of the Jews, 9/1/1939.

Three Nazi stamps

These are three Nazi issued stamps printed probably at the start of World War II. They are about an inch and a half by an inch. One shows a "Patriotic" Nazi soldier with a waving swatstika in back of him. One shows a German worker rolling up his sleeves. The last one shows a heavenly finger accusingly pointing at what is supposed to be a Jewish tycoon. The title of this stamp is DER IST SCHULD- AM KRIEGE (YOU ARE RESONSIBLE FOR THE WAR)

sieg um jeden pris
totaller krieg koeriester krieg
three stamps

Cover from the USSR

First Day cover from the USSR commemorating the reunion of concentration camp survivors "PLUV." However, in addition to the German camps written in Latin script, it includes Solovievsky Islands,which were a notorious prison camp in the Soviet GULAG.

ussr cover
ussr cover

Maxicard depicting and commemorating the Jewish heroes


Maxicard depicting and commemorating the Jewish heroes - parachutists who risked ( and many lost ) their lives behind Nazi enemy lines trying to save other Jewish lives. Most famous of these was the poet, Hannah Senesh. The mission failed totally, but became the subject of myths of resistance.

Pre-World war II German Boycott Stamp

boycott stamp

Pre-World war II German Boycott Stamp issued in the United States by Jewish War Veterans. Probable date is 1933, as counter-measure to German boycott of Jewish stores.

Soviet 4 Kopeck postcard

soviet kopeck card

Soviet 4 Kopeck postcard showing monument in Birobidjan, capital of Jewish automous republic (in the soviet far east near Khabarovsk) in memory of 200,000 Russian Jewish soldiers killed on fronts during WWII.

Rwandan Stamps to Commemorate the 1994 Genocide

let us unite against genocide

"United Against Genocide" shows skulls, weapons used in killing and coffins within a map of Rwanda.

orphans, victims of genocide

Orphans and Victims of Genocide shows child survivors pondering their fate in a Rwandan village.

no to genocide

Shows many national groups of Africa syaing "NO to genocide."

memory of genocide

Shows male figure pondering the "Memory of Genocide."

US Postal Service Honors Harry Bingham


bingham stamp
Who is Harry Bingham and why is he getting a stamp? Just an interesting piece of evidence of the curious behavior of the Roosevelt administration toward the Jews during WWII -----

A few months ago, Secretary of State Colin Powell gave a posthumous award for "constructive dissent" to Hiram (or Harry) Bingham, IV. For over fifty years, the State Department resisted any attempt to honor Bingham. For them he was an insubordinate member of the US diplomatic service, a dangerous maverick who was eventually demoted. Now, after his death, he has been officially recognized as a hero.Bingham came from an illustrious family. His father (o n whom the fictional character Indiana Jones was based) was the archeologist who unearthed the Inca City of Machu Picchu, Peru , in 1911. Harry entered the US diplomatic service and, in 1939, was posted to Marseilles, France, as American Vice-Consul.The USA was then neutral and, not wishing to annoy Marshal Petain's puppet Vichy regime, President Roosevelt's government ordered its representatives in Marseilles not to grant visas to any Jews. Bingham found this policy immoral and, risking his career, did all in his power to undermine it.In defiance of his bosses in Washington , he granted over 2,500 USA visas to Jewish and other refugees, including the artists Marc Chagall and Max Ernst and the family of the writer Thomas Mann. He also sheltered Jews in his Marseilles home, and obtained forged identity papers to help Jews in their dangerous journeys across Europe. He worked with the French underground to smuggle Jews out of France into Franco's Spain or across the Mediterranean and even contributed to their expenses out of his own pocket. In 1941, Washington lost patience with him. He was sent to Argentina , where later he continued to annoy his superiors by reporting on the movements of Nazi war criminals.

Eventually, he was forced out of the American diplomatic service completely. Bingham died almost penniless in 1988. Little was known of his extraordinary activities until his son found some letters in his belongings after his death. He has now been honored by many groups and organizations including the United Nations and the State of Israel.