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LSE Professor donates collection of second world war postcards to Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw

Warsaw Ghetto circa 1941

(Warsaw's Jewish ghetto, 1941)

Professor Anita Prazmowska of the Department of International History has donated a collection of postcards and letters to the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw.

The archive features correspondence between a mother in the Warsaw ghetto and her daughter in London, eluding Nazi censors to document the Jewish family's struggle during the second world war. The 39 postcards and letters, written between 1940 and 1942, shed light on how the German occupation functioned and how the Jewish population survived and communicated with the outside world.

Professor Prazmowska said: “These letters provide a unique insight into daily life under Nazi occupation in Poland, with the emotive correspondence revealing the personal and political struggles of a family separated by war. The artefacts are of great historical importance and I am pleased that they will be preserved by the Jewish Historical Institute to further our understanding of this dark period of 20th century history.”

The materials will go on display at Warsaw’s Jewish Historical Institute and will be featured in the Central Jewish Library, an online collection of digitised documents from the Institute's archives.

Posted 11 November 2015

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