Πέμπτη, 19 Φεβρουαρίου 2009

EXCEPTIONAL PALESTINE JEWISH POW POSTCARD 1941-1942

Printed Greek & French Red Cross postcard, inscribed "Poste des Prisonniers de Guerre" at front & "Camp des Prisonniers de Guerre" on back. The card was mailed by Corporal J. (Jona) REICHFELD, POW #11764, from CORINTH POW CAMP. English message dated May 14, 1941 [i.e. about two weeks following the surrender of the British troops in Kalamata beach, Apri1 29, 1941 during the "Greek Campaign"]. Cpl. Reichfeld was one of over 600 Palestinian Jewish soldiers, who served in the British Army and who surrendered to the German force. The English mss message (apparently to his wife) reads "Darling! I am well and unwounded. Our treatment is quite good...Do not worry...I am thinking of you...and hope the waiting will not be too long… I will write again when I learn my proper address..." Cpl. Reichfeld, like all other Jewish soldiers from Germany and Austria were afraid that the German would treat them as traitors rather than POW'S. The German were interested in the ex Reich Jewish POW'S as they were separated from the British, but returned after a few days. There is a 2-line black German hstmp on front "PRISONER OF WAR MAIL / POSTAGE FREE!" a pink-red Nazi eagle and swastika censor. The card addressed to Tel Aviv & with hexagonal Palestine censor mark at front.

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