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NOV 18, 2011

Retired Lawyer Donates 2,000 Holocaust Artifacts to LA Museum (JSpace)

By Jspace Staff on 11/18/2011 at 4:29 PM

A collection of Holocaust-era stamps, letters, ID Cards, and other documents have been donated to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

The 2,000-some artifacts are valued at $260,000 and will be designated as the Edward Victor Philatelic Holocaust Collection.

Victor, a retired lawyer, accumulated the collection by over a 30-year period. He regularly attended auctions around the world.

“It is not just Jews who are interested in this field, but many Germans and other Europeans, and one of the largest collections is at the Cardinal Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History in Weston, Mass.,” he told the Jewish Journal.

In some cases, Victor’s documents trace a family’s path from the very beginning of Nazi rule in 1933 until its end in 1945.

For instance, the Lachmann family’s history is shown through the father’s birth certificate, his award of the Iron Cross for fighting for Germany in World War I, and then years later, letters begging for a visa to flee Germany for the United States.

Also in the collection are the prewritten postcards Nazis handed to the Jews arriving by cattle car at Auschwitz.

The postcards read, “Things are going well and we are enjoying ourselves.” The Jewish prisoners would then add their signatures to the cards and address them to their relatives still living in ghettos elsewhere.

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust was first opened in 1961 by a group of survivors who donated their personal documents to stock its displays. Today, the museum has over 15,000 items.