outbreak of war on September 1, 1939, the Gestapo arrested
about 2,000 prominent Czech intellectuals and sent them to
Buchenwald as hostages. Their treatment was significantly
milder than what ordinary prisoners experienced. Special
privileges included exemption from labor, and permission to
send and receive mail every week. Most mail from this group
bears no evidence of censorship.
A February 20, 1940, post card and a September 9, 1944,
formular envelope, both mailed by Czech hostages at
Buchenwald to recipients in Bohemia-Moravia Protectorate.