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Let us prove to the wretched sufferers that America has not abandoned them - Large matchbox - Aid to Jews in European ghettos. New York, 1940s

Opening price: $150

Commission: 23%

Sold: $280
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04.08.2024 07:00pm

"Help those who still hope to help themselves" - Matchbox that was released wi the aim of aiding European Jews in Poland's ghettos. New York, early 1940s. A full box with all matches, unused. Extremely rare.

Special matchbox (large format) released in New York as part of a aid campaign for Polish Jews under Nazi occupation. On the front is an illustration of prisoners behind barbed wire, beyond it the letter V (Victory) statue of liberty and skyscrapers of New York. Inscription at the top: G-D BLESS AMERICA. On the other side is a map of Europe marked with the Jewish ghettos in Poland surrounded by walls - Lodz, Warsaw, Lublin and Radom, with two bound bloody hands emerging from rivers of blood, reading: "HELP THOSE WHO STILL HOPE TO HELP THEMSELVES". In the box is a full, unused circle of matches. Above the matches it reads: "Whoever saves one life saves the world entirely, let us prove to the wretched sufferers that America has not abandoned them" . Above the matches appears the address in New York for donations for Polish Jews: "Send your donation to 225 WEST 34th ST. NEW YORK, phone number, and make note "for Polish Jews".

Rare. We did not find an example of the box before us in museums around the world, nor in important collections of the period.

Box: 12x12 cm. Tears with losses to the cardboard covering the bottom part of the matches. Stains on the box. Condition good - moderate.

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166. Let us prove to the wretched sufferers that America has not abandoned them - Large matchbox - Aid to Jews in European ghettos. New York, 1940s