Six million people died during the Holocaust, yet a survey released by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany shows "worrying lack of basic Holocaust knowledge," among adults under 40 years of age, living in the United States.
The American Philatelic Society has shared the true stories of the Holocaust, educating members and non-members, using the history of stamps as a backdrop.
The following resources are free and available to all:
The April 2020 issue of The American Philatelist was dedicated to Holocaust Remembrance.
In the issue, Executive Director Scott English the work of the APS, in helping to sponsor the Holocaust Stamp Project. Two million stamps were donated by APS and its members as a “peer-to-peer” teaching program about the Holocaust - the students were able to research and teach each other through stamp imagery and collages.
The American Philatelic Center will be the home of an exhibit showcasing the student work, detailed in "The Making of a Holocaust Exhibit," by Associate Editor Susanna Mills.
The completion of the exhibit was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and will resume at a later date.
J. S. Sawyer's powerful essay on the mail system in the German concentration camps is described in "Prisoner Mail System in KL Lublin/Majdanek."
And Justin Gordon tells the heartbreaking story of "Food packages, etc., should be addressed to Camp Lipowa 7."
The tragedy of the Holocaust is true. All generations; past, present and future should know about its history. Stamps and postal history can play a vital role in telling it.
Tom Loebig is the former Editor-in-Chief of The American Philatelist.
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