U.S. & Worldwide Stamps & Postal History
August 10-11, 2021

Welcome to our Summer 2021 Sale of U.S. and Worldwide Stamps and Postal History, taking place August 10-11, 2021, at our Teaneck galleries and over the internet via CherrystoneLIVE. Our 1,372 lot sale begins with a solid section of United states including many rarities and graded items. The Foreign section includes Austria, with local issues, France, Germany and Italy, with their Colonies, specialized Liechtenstein, outstanding Poland, with exceptional Krakow overprints, Russia, Great Britain and British Commonwealth, as well as South and Central American countries. In addition, this sale includes a strong selection of 150+ large lots and collections, ranging from single country albums to specialized collections, multi-carton worldwide properties and large cover lots.

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Lot #1057
POLAND Internment of Polish Soldiers in Switzerland
1941-43 eight covers or cards to and from University Level Camps, one registered from Carnoustie (Scotland), with Polish Army in Great Britain 75gr used in combination with 8p George VI franking, sent to Winterthur, opened by British and Swiss censors, also registered cover from German Occupied Warszawa, opened by German and Swiss censors, others from "Camp d'Internement Militaire Universitaire Fribourg" and Winterthur to Basel and Geneva (one addressed to "Service d'Aide intellectuelle aux Prisonniers de guerre B.I.E.", etc. (the capitulation by the French left the Polish troops in a quandary. Units continued to fight despite Petain's call for armistice and demobilization. Polish units were cut off by the retreat and many decided to sneak around German strongholds to avoid capture. Brigadier-General Bronislaw Prugar-Kietling defended the Belfort area with 545 senior officers, 2,373 officers and 12,912 troops. The First Division fought on until the 18th June and the 2nd Division decided to escape across the border into Switzerland, as the first German tanks overran the remains of the Franco-Polish defenses. At the border the Polish soldiers abandoned their arms and became interned under the control and protection of General Henri Guisan. The interned Poles were encouraged to return to their studies and many took this option. The Universities of Fribourg and Zurich together with the HEC at St. Gallen and a Lycee camp at Wetzikon provided a wide variety of courses, particularly in the sciences and math. For others, the farms, mines and forests provided work. Some work details were based in the mountains building roads, bridges and trails that are still in use today)
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Price Realized
$250.00

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