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Place of birth: Bergen Belsen camp

As indicated inside a 1965 issued passport.


When one collects documents and papers from time to time one manages to locate the odd and interesting item. This can be classified as one such case.


The passport in this article was issued at Tel Aviv on August 23rd 1965 to a young woman.

Dvora-lea Weingarten was born to Jehoshua and Rosa Weingarten (nee Gejermost) from Poland, who in 1939 managed to flee east as the Germans invaded their country (they originated from Juzefuw, close to Lublin). After the war they were repatriated back to Poland (1946) and went west to find refuge inside the former German concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in 1947. By then, it was changed in to a Displaced Persons (DP) camp run by the British, who were among its liberators.


The camp originally was erected (starting from 1935 to 1937) as a military complex for the Wehrmacht but this changed in 1939 when the Germans began to house prisoners of war following the Polish campaign. This changed in April of 1943 when the SS took over the compound and converted its use into a concentration camp.


The family immigrated to Israel in 1949.


I have added sample images of this interesting passport sent to me from a fellow collector in the United States.



Thank you for reading “Our Passports”.

Neil Kaplan
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