Vienna, Austria | 1941

 

When: June 30, 1941
From: Vienna, Austria
To: Stuttgart, Germany
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Text: Dear Tini,
I arrived in Vienna at 3 o’clock today. Early tomorrow, around 10:25, I am continuing on to Budapest. Vienna is a beautiful city, but in spite of that, I can never forget Stuttgart. I’ll be thinking of you as I continue on tomorrow.
Sweet kisses,
Viktor
Note: Even during war, international love was in the air. Viktor is not a soldier (there would be a feldpost stamp, so I wonder what he was doing during the middle of WW2. Due to several spelling and grammatical errors, I assume that Viktor was Hungarian and not a native German speaker.
I am not a native German speaker, so if you have a better translation, let me know.

Brno, Hlavni Nadrazi | 1940

When: July 16th, 1940
From: Brno, Czechoslovakia
To: Detinice, Czechoslovakia
Found: Prague, Czech Republic
Text: I forgot to translate the text and can’t read it from the photo. If you can, let me know.
Note: Brno doesn’t look much different today! Maybe a little more graffiti! This was sent during the German occupation.
I have been to both Brno and Detinice. If you are ever in the tiny town of Detinice, there is a fun kitschy medieval themed restaurant that serves meat by the platter and they brew their own beer (well, contract it out at least).
I am not a native Czech speaker, so if you have a better translation, let me know.

Firenze, Italy | 1947

When: November 15, 1947
From: Firenze, Italy
To: Stuttgart, Germany
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Text: “…”
Note: I previously found postcards sent to Irmgard and this is the third place that she had moved to. The others I have found were from before the war, and this one is from after the war. I am hoping to find some sent to her during the war.
Previous cards sent to Irmgard:

Karlovy Vary / Karlsbad, Czechoslovakia | 1947?

When: August 1st, 1947?
From: Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia
To: Horni Briza u Plzne
Found: Prague, Czech Republic
Text: “Dear Fanda, Thanks for you letter. My Christmas was good. It was really chilly here. School is ok. Tell all my friends at my old school that I said hi. I hope to see you soon.”
Note: I found this card a little sad. It is from a little boy to his friend after his family moved to a different city. He misses his friends and is letting them know that he is still thinking about them.
I believe the building featured is the Grand Hotel Pupp, which is a pretty fun name to say. It was also the inspiration for the Wes Anderson film, The Grand Hotel Budapest. We went there to get a drink but we were not fancy enough.
I am not a native speaker of Czech, so if you have a better translation, let me know.

Warnemünde, Germany | 1945?

When: July 25th, 1945?
From: Ostseebad Warnemünde, Germany
To: Prague, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
Found: Prague, Czech Republic
Text: I can’t quite read/understand this text, but it is from a grandfather to his family saying that he is doing ok and that he would like them to send him bread.
Note: I do not find the origin of this card particularly interesting, but I do find it interesting to get a window into the life of a displaced Czech national in Germany during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia (Notice that the country is listed as “Protektorat”). Things like bread from back home must have been a hot commodity at the time. Also, the fact that it has a Hitler stamp is interesting.
I am not a native Czech speaker, so if you have a better translation, please let me know.