Czechoslovakian mourning letter
Although the above item was described as a ‘mourning’ letter - which I have a growing collection of - the above is all I saw when bidding at the postal auction. So I was pleasantly surprised to open the letter, which was folded in four, and be presented with a much more interesting interior… the announcement of the death of someone and details of the funeral arrangements.
I can’t reliably translate the notice, but the gist is that a man named Adolfa Greipla passed away on the 10th of July 1937, at the age of 59, leaving behind a sister, mother and wife, and that the funeral was to take place on the following Tuesday with a Requiem held on the Wednesday in Opava.
Opava is a city in the northern Czech Republic on a river of the same name, located to the north-west of Ostrava. The historical capital of Czech Silesia, Opava is now in the Moravian-Silesian Region and has a population of around 60,000. The postcard from 1900 - illustrating the town before the name change - is downloaded from Wikiwand.
Originally Austrian territory, after the defeat of Austria-Hungary in World War I, Troppau became part of Czechoslovakia in 1919 and renamed as Opava. Then from 1938–45 Opava was part of Nazi Germany, according to the Munich agreement. But in 1945/46, after WW2 had ended, the German population of Opava was forcibly expelled, under terms included in the Bene Decrees, and the city resettled with Czechs.
Image / words © Ed Buziak 2016.
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