Auction 13 Eretz Israel, settlement, anti-Semitism, Holocaust, postcards and photographs, Judaica, Rabbinical Letters
Oct 18, 2021
Abraham Ferrera 1 , Jerusalem, Israel

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LOT 55:

Letter from an inmate of the Ferramonti di Tarsia camp sent to Jerusalem on the day of the camp's liberation - ...

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Letter from an inmate of the Ferramonti di Tarsia camp sent to Jerusalem on the day of the camp's liberation - September 1943


A letter sent by the Jew - Astrid Mayer - an inmate of the Ferramonti di Tarsia detention camp in Italy, to Mr. Carlo Wiskopf in Jerusalem. The letter was sent from the camp on the day the camp was liberated by the Allied, on September 12, 1943. Typewriter and signature of Meir Astrid. German.


In the moving letter, Meir describes how, even though the camp was liberated, the Jews are not allowed to leave its gates, for the time being, and describes his health condition as "quite good", and wants to know what happened to his relatives, and also describes an experience of routine and return to life in the camp. Meir says that he sent many letters from the camp to various destinations, but they were never received. Things are written somewhat confusingly, as it moves from topic to topic quickly.


Ferramonti di Tarsia in Calabria in southern Italy was the largest of the 15 detention camps set up by Benito Mussolini in the summer of 1940. Its construction began on June 4, 1940, just days before Italy joined the war alongside Germany. Most of those imprisoned there were Jews. The camp was set up in a malaria-stricken swamp area. The food was sparse and the water was bad. With the deterioration of the economic situation in Italy, the living conditions of the camp inmates deteriorated. Gatherings of all kinds were forbidden, and the prisoners were to salute the flag. The prisoners were allowed to leave the fenced-in camp for work, Sent letters (who had been censored) and even receive money and food parcels from their families. In the two years it worked, about half of the prisoners there were Jews. The Jews came from Germany, Poland, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Libya, Greece and Albania. The British army arrived at the camp for its liberation on September 10, 1943, and a month later, Jewish soldiers arrived. Many of the detainees, most of them Jews, remained in their place with nowhere to turn, and the site served as a DP camp until its closure on December 11, 1945.


[1] leaf. Good condition.