Prague: NP, 1941, 1942, 1943. Original document. Loose leaf. Quarto: 4 letters. Oblong Sextodecimo: 1 letter, plus one three page article from the newspaper T. B.–Zeitung. The Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia was established in March 1939 following the German occupation of Czechoslovakia in the same month. It was a Nazi-administered territory which the German government considered part of the Greater German Reich. Konstantin von Neurath was the Reichsprotektor from 1939–1943 though due to his "soft politics" the reigns were handed to Reinhard Heydrich, the deputy of Neurath, from September 1941 until his assasination in June of 1942.
These letters are representative of Nazi tactics used to disown Jews and remove them from the economy. The first of three letters from the "Reichsprotektor," all dated April 29, 1941, and sent to the Hadega, addresses Moriz Hönigsfeld's jewelry and grants the authority to the Hadega to sell the jewelry and pay out Hönigsfeld in cash. The second is concerned with Elisabeth Kolbert's jewelry applying the same procedure, the third with jewelry confiscated at customs, granting authority to the Hadega to sell those and transfer the proceeds to an account at the Bohemian Escompe Bank in Prag, the name of recipient is not mentioned. All three contain red stamps indication the transfer of moneys.
A letter on official stationary of the "Zentralstelle für jüd. Auswanderung Prag" with German Eagle and Swastika in the letterhead is addressed to the Hadega and concerned with Jewish accounts. It states that two copies of list no. 7, one page each, are attached but not present. The letter refers to § 1 of 2. VRProt. about the supervision of Jews and Jewish organizations. of October 12, 1941, and informs the Hadega that the "Zentralstelle für jüd. Auswanderung Prag" has taken over the processing of the Jews on the attached list and transferred the authority to the Emigration Fond of Bohemia and Moravia. Furthermore, the letter instructs the Hadega to complete the process for named Jews and transfer the receipts to an account of the Emigration Fond, and send a report with specifications to the Zentralstelle. In case of Jews possessing safety deposit boxes a separate list has to be generated and send to the Zentralstelle.
A fifth letter, April 17, 1943, relates to real estate of the company Franz and Anna Klein. It is addressed to Erich Kühne in Prag and revokes his authority to act on behalf of the Klein company in this case. All five letters are signed by authorities and contain original stamps of the Protektorat, respectively the Zentralstelle.
Text in German. Three letters with punch holes at left margin. Letters with light wear along edges and age-toned. Overall in good to very good condition. g to vg. Item #45629