Friday, March 07, 2008

Polish Museum Gets WWII Uprising Mail

According to the Assoicated Press, the Warsaw Uprising Museum has acquired of some of the letters which were sent to family and friends by resistance fighters during the Second World War.

AP reports, "During a doomed revolt against Nazi occupation in 1944, young insurgents — largely ill-armed teenagers — organized their own postal service to help city residents get information to relatives cut off by street-to-street fighting in Warsaw."

Museum director Jan Oldakowski is quoted as saying, "The service was also meant to give people a sense that they were living in a "small but independent state."

The museum bought the collection of some 123 letters and postcards last month at an auction in Duesseldorf, Germany. It paid $280,000 for the mail, written by Warsaw residents and young insurgents during the revolt, and bearing unique uprising-era stamps.

Shown above, a private post cover from the Warsaw ghetto. To learn more, click here.

To read the entire Associated Press article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM