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British Mandate travel document


Emergency 1930 issued certificate.


Here is another interesting travel document that was issued for Europe. Though it is not war related, not to the Second World War which is my core interest when it comes to researching and locating old passports, it is still important enough to write an article about.


The document was issued in British Palestine, a colony that existed from 1918 to 1948, after capturing it form the Turkish Empire towards the end of WWI (some more can be explained by reading a previous article that I have written in the past).


The document was issued to a young girl who was student in the colony or maybe has not managed to finalize her legal status by the time she wanted to return home, for a family visit I presume, back in 1930. The document was used to exit on May 21st 1930 and return nearly a year later on March 23rd of 1931, leaving and arriving back at the same sea-port of Jaffa, which today does not function anymore as a border control point.


Nine year old Tama Immerman was born in Riga and left the young Latvian State some time later for the Mandate. On May 19th the British Immigration and Travel authority issued this emergency certificate No. 24669, valid for one year only. Inside we can locate various transit and entry visas from the following diplomatic legations in Palestine:


  • Italy;
  • Latvia;
  • Lithuania;
  • Germany;
  • Czechoslovakia;
  • Austria;
  • Poland;
  • UK


An additional section was added to the document by the British consular services in Riga; making sure that place for extra visas and markings would not run out.


The document is also visaed by the Latvia Jewish consul to the Mandate Simon Yakovlevich Rosenbaum, who was passed away in the colony in 1934 (I personally was surprised to learn of such a high ranking post allocated to a non-Christian by the Foreign Ministry In Riga).



Have added images of the document.





Thank you for reading “Our Passports”.



Neil Kaplan
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