Memory Unearthed – Exhibition Related Programming


Book & Author
Holocaust Postal History: Harrowing Journeys Revealed Through the Letters and Cards of Victims

Sunday, January 5, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Community Partners: Museum of Contemporary Photography; Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest; Chicago Jewish Historical Society; American Society of Media Photographers Chicago/Midwest; Association of Descendants of the Shoah-Illinois; Sheerit Hapleitah

Postal mail was the social media of the 20th century, linking and unlinking families in times of war. But changing borders and occupying forces shifted the dynamics by which international mail could operate. Censorship and routing markings on envelopes, as well as multilingual stamps of nations and postmarks of cities, help frame the stories of displaced persons, soldiers, and prisoners of war.

Through handwritten letters and cards written by ghetto and concentration camp residents, Justin Gordon’s new book, Holocaust Postal History, reveals unique and personal insights into Holocaust-era correspondence. In this program, Gordon will present a brief review of Holocaust philately (the collection and study of postal letters), including insights into the people who wrote the letters and the places to which they were sent, with a special focus on the Lodz postal system. Book signing to follow.



Free with Museum admission.

Reservations required.


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