Theresienstadt

Böhmen und Mähren

Bohemia & Moravia

1943. Parcel Admission Stamp

Zulassungsmarke

Genuine vs. Forgeries

These stamps have been extensively forged. Bohne lists 11 different forgeries. Some forgeries are reproductions of other forgeries. Note that some forgeries can be seen with ‘Pickenpack’ and ‘Gilbert’ expert signatures. Only trust a recent BPP certificate.

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theresienstadt_genuine
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Perforated 10.5 on all sides

Note: Also exist unperforated & as printers waste

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The initials of the designer ‘FC’ can be seen below the tree to the right

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The road markers above ‘S’ and ‘I’ have six dots

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3 dots in the left ‘tail’ of the cloud

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There is a window in the church tower, as well as horizontal lines in the steeple/roof. There are two windows in the building to the left, as well as one window in the building to the right.

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The shadow to the left of the tree in the river is a line and a point right above to the right

Genuine

The forgeries lack one or more of the characteristics described above

theresienstadt_unperforated_genuine

Genuine unperforated

theresienstadt_proof_mi1_genuine

Genuine proof – Michel # 1 P I

theresienstadt_proof_mi2_genuine

Genuine proof – Michel # 1 P II

theresienstadt_forgery1

Forgery

theresienstadt_forgery2

Forgery

theresienstadt_forgery3

Forgery

theresienstadt_forgery4

Forgery

theresienstadt_forgery5

Forgery

theresienstadt_forgery6

Forgery

theresienstadt_block_genuine

Genuine block – 170mm x 130mm. Smooth white paper, thickness 0.08mm

Michel # RK 3 – Only 4 unused examples recorded – one having no. 97

Exist in green, red & black.

theresienstadt_block_black_genuine

Genuine block in black – 170mm x 130mm. Smooth white paper, thickness 0.08mm

Michel # RK 1

theresienstadt_block_red_genuine

Genuine block in red – 170mm x 130mm. Smooth white paper, thickness 0.08mm

Michel # RK 2

theresienstadt_block_proof_genuine

Genuine block proof

Michel # P RK 1

theresienstadt_block_type2_forgery

Forged block

Easy check

In the upper right stamp, there’s a large blob of ink above the tree at the right border

theresienstadt_type2_forgery

Close-up of a stamp from forged block

theresienstadt_1943_forged_block_to-right-stamp

Close-up of top-right stamp from forged block

Notice the large blob of ink above the tree at the right border

theresienstadt_block_forgery2

Forged complete sheet

theresienstadt_block_forgery3

Forged block

Postmarks

Beware of forged postmarks

More than 10 different forged ‘PRAG 1 / PRAHA’ postmarks are recorded

theresienstadt_postmark1_genuine

Genuine postmark

theresienstadt_postmark2_genuine

Genuine postmark

theresienstadt_postmark1_forgery

Forged postmark

The stamp was not for mailing things out of, but into the camp only

Thanks to PostmasterGS for images of genuine Theresienstadt material

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Links

Recommended resources

Literature

For further research

    • Parcel Admission Stamp. Ten forgeries and fraudulent postmarks: German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol.13, “German Occupation 1939-1945” (Bohemia and Moravia Theresinstadt Michel 1). Private reprint and forgeries: Henry F. Kahn, “The Third Reich – Concentration Camp and Ghetto Mail System Under the Nazi Regime (Part III)”, The German Postal Specialist, Vol.18 (January 1967): 30-33. F.W. Pollack, Note, The Holyland Philatelist, Vol. V, No. 52/53 (February/ March 1959): 1107.

    • Red Cross Propaganda Blocks. Three forgeries and reprint with back-dated cancel: German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol.13, “German Occupation 1939-1945” (Bohemia and Moravia Theresinstadt “Red Cross Propaganda Blocks”).

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