Saturday, 26 March 2016

Sweden 1960 - World Refugee Year

Fifteen years after World War II there were still many refugees held in camps in Europe under deplorable conditions. In 1960, an initiative to sort this horrible situation out was put forth by the United Nations. The programme was launched with the goal to "clear the camps". It achieved excellent results. By the end of 1960 all refugee camps in Europe were officially closed.


On 7 April 1960 Sweden issued a set of two stamps for World Refugee Year. One of the two stamps was engraved by Czeslaw Slania. The stamp engraved by Slania is incredibly poignant, and reflects the sadness and crowded conditions those unfortunate enough to be in these camps must have felt.


The other stamp in this set was engraved by Arne Wallhorn. It depicts the uprooted oak emblem.

Until next time...

Stay Slania Crazy!

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