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Presentation of a stamp featuring an image of the Petr Ginz moonscape drawing at the Education and Culture Centre of the Jewish Museum in Prague

The moonscape drawn by the Jewish boy Petr Ginz in the Terezín ghetto during the war and taken to space in 2003, was published on 20 January 2005 in the form of a special miniature sheet. The flight of the Columbia shuttle, which took a copy of the drawing to space, ended tragically, as did the life of the young Jewish artist who perished at Auschwitz in the autumn of 1944 at the age of 16. Petr Ginz’s drawings, which were rescued by a friend who survived the Holocaust, are now kept at the Yad Vashem Art Museum, Jerusalem. This institution recently helped to pass on to Petr Ginz’s sister, Chava Pressburger, his recently discovered diaries, written between 1941 and 1942, which have just been published in book form by Trigon Publishers. Also recently, a planet (asteroid number 50413), which was discovered in March 2004 by astronomers at the Kleť Observatory in south Bohemia, was named for the Jewish boy. The stamp was issued by the Czech Ministry of Informatics on the basis of an initiative that was made in the wake of the ill-fated Columbia flight. A petition for the launch of the stamp was initiated on the internet by philatelist Břetislav Janík and the idea was also adopted by Leo Pavlát, the Director of the Jewish Museum in Prague. At the presentation of the stamp at the Museum’s Education and Culture Centre on 20 January 2005, Dr. Pavlát read out a greeting from Chava Pressburger in Israel. The stamp was designed by Pavel Hrach and engraved by Václav Fajt. A first day cover and a special postmark are available at specialized outlets, such as POSTFILA (Ortenovo nám. 16, Prague 7) and the Philately Counter at Prague’s main post office (Jindřišská Street).

 

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