Identification card : Paper : Printed, Handwritten : Ink : Beige, Black, Red ; Ht: 4 5/8 in. x W: 2 7/8 in.
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January 20, 1939-July 18, 1940
1 page, double-sided. 3 graphic panels on each side, intended to be folded and carried as a booklet. Folded vertically 2 times. Square b&w photograph of cardholder stapled to document in bottom left corner. Fiscal postage stamps had been affixed at right and left bottom corners, were subsequently cut out. Certificate of entry on population register of foreigners in Belgium. Belgian coat of arms on front cover, red diagonal stripe running length of verso. Document issued in Schaerbeek on January 20, 1939, valid until July 18, 1939. Renewed twice at 6-month increments - on July 19, 1939 until January 18, 1940, and on January 18, 1940, until July 18, 1940. Narrative: Document was donated by Eudice Bauer, the wife of Gustave Bauer. Gustave was born in 1924 in Hamburg, Germany, and was on vacation in Denmark with his mother Anna and brother Werner when the Nuremberg Laws of 1935 were passed. They decided not to return to Germany, and went to stay with Anne's sister in Brussels, Belgium. Gustave's father Manfred was arrested for smuggling money out of Germany and spent the next two years in prison. Manfred joined his family in Brussels when he was released from prison in 1937. In 1940, immediately before Germany occupied Belgium, all German males born before 1924 were ordered to register. Manfred and Werner were sent to France, where they were interned. On their way to France to join them, Gustave and his mother were arrested and sent to England on the last boat to leave Belgium before it was occupied. In England, Gustave spent time in Folkestone, Pentonville Prison, Kempton Park, and Douglas, Isle of Man. He was in England from May 19 to July 4, 1940. IOn July 4, 1940 he was sent to Canada on the S.S. Sobiesky with other German nationals as prisoners of war.He was in Camp T, in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, from July 15 to August 12, 1940. He was thenmoved to Camp B, in New Brunswick, and then in 1941 was sent with other Jewish internees to Camp I, Île aux Noix, Quebec. He was sponsored for release in 1942, and his mother joined him in Canada in 1947. His father was deported from Drancy to Majdanek in 1943. It is unknown what happened to Gustave's brother Werner once he was sent to France. Neither man survived the war.