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Birobidjan Post Office Resumes “jewish Autonomous Region” Cancellation

For the first time since Stalin’s death, letters received here from Birobidjan carry a postal cancellation of mark of JAO, the equivalent of the Russian phrase “Jewish Autonomous Region.” In the intervening five years the cancellation read District of Birobidjan.”

Postal cancellations, clues to the political fate of the Siberian area assigned Jews as a state of their own in the late 1920s, have changed five times in the 30-year history of the region. The first cancellation bore Hebrew characters.