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by Lubomyr Prytulak
First posted on   www.xoxol.org/traw/patterns.html   14-Apr-2010 12:52am PST, last revised 20-May-2010 06:30pm PST

Stamp Type and Stamp Pattern Data

The Treblinka Card bearing Dienstausweis number 847 attributed to Iwan Juchnowskij shows a set of stamps which typifies the forty-eight Trawniki Cards of which copies have been released by the Kremlin to date.  That is, one stamp is typically found on the outside surface to the left of the signature of the presiding SS-Hauptsturmführer, and a second stamp is typically found on the inside surface partly overlapping the photograph.

Example of a Normal Stamp Pattern, Juchnowskij 847, Pattern AA

Outside Surface: a single stamp of Type A appears to the left of the SS-Haupsturmführer signature.  Enlarge
Inside Surface: a single stamp also of Type A overlaps the photograph.  Enlarge
The Sole Instance of a Deviant Stamp Pattern, Demjanjuk 1393, Pattern BC

Outside Surface: a single stamp of Type B appears to the left of the SS-Haupsturmführer signature.  Enlarge
Inside Surface: two stamps, both of Type C, overlap the photograph.  Enlarge

Of interest in the instant paper is Stamp Type and Stamp Pattern.  The 48 Trawniki Cards are observed to have the four Stamp Types A to D shown below.  As the Juchnowskij outside stamp is Type A, and as the Juchnowskij inside stamp is also Type A, the Juchnowskij Card is categorized as having Stamp Pattern AA.  The outcome of categorizing the forty-eight Trawniki Cards by Stamp Pattern appears underneath the four images below.  In two cards, no identification was possible either outside or inside (Nahorniak 3440 and Ben 4417).  In six cards, an identification was possible outside, but not inside, the latter being indicated by a question mark (Golub 619 A?, Wutke 862 B?, Kutschnijtschuk 1123 B?, Bandarenko 1759 B?, Rjasanow 2077 B?, Ribak 2246 B?).  In the remaining forty cases, an identification was possible for both outside and inside stamps.

Below the images of four Stamp Types are shown the two-character identifications of Stamp Pattern for all Trawniki Cards.  The data can be summarized by saying that the outside stamp of a card matches its inside stamp on every card but one, the lone exception being the Demjanjuk 1393 Card which has Stamp B on the outside, and Stamp C on the inside, as can be seen immediately above.  The further aberration that Demjanjuk 1393 has two stamps overlapping the photograph on the inside surface has already been discussed in WHO GLUED; of interest at the moment is only the categorization of Stamp Pattern, which in the case of Demjanjuk 1393 happens to be BC.

It may be noted incidentally that Stamp C is the rarest of the four stamps, and not in prevalent use at the time of issue of Card 1393 — as can be read in the "Diff" column in the table further below, where the only instance of C being used previous to Demjanjuk 1393 came 64 cards earlier (Sidortschuk 1329), and where the first subsequent use came 533 cards later (Bondarenko 1926), and where the two remaining uses arrived 1,144 and 1,240 cards later (Solanchukow 2537 and Sajnakow 2633).

The Four Stamp Types That Appear on the Forty-Eight Trawniki Cards


Example from outside surface of
Juchnowskij 847

The Reichsfuhrer SS and Chief of the German Police
The Commissioner for the Establishment of SS and
Police Bases in the New Eastern Territories
*  The Chief of the Order Police  *


Example from outside surface of
Demjanjuk 1393

The SS and Police Leader
*  In Lublin District  *

Example from outside surface of
Bondarenko 1926

SS Garrison Administration Lublin
*  Trawniki Branch Office  *

Example from outside surface of
Kuschnir 3659

SS Garrison Administration Lublin
*  Trawniki Branch Office  *
The Five Stamp Patterns That Appear on the Forty-Eight Trawniki Cards

     Gontscharuk 303   AA
     Kirelacha 415   AA
     Golub 619   A?
     Juchnowskij 847   AA
     Babenko 869   AA
     Kartaschew 1185   AA
     Tkatschuk 1333   AA
     Jarosch 749   BB
     Wutke 862   B?
     Daniltschenko 1016   BB
     Titow 1040   BB
     Kutschnijtschuk 1123   B?
     Wolembachow 1211   BB
     Kabirow 1337   BB
     Odartschenko 1573   BB
     Agejews 1653   BB
     Bandarenko 1759   B?
     Gamaschow 1991   BB
     Slowjagin 1999   BB
     Butenko 2059   BB
     Schtscherbinin 2061   BB
     Rjasanow 2077   B?
     Djatschuk 2091   BB
     Swesdun 2112   BB
     Poljuchno 2128   BB
     Ribak 2246   B?

     Demjanjuk 1393   BC

     Sidortschuk 1329   CC
     Bondarenko 1926   CC
     Solanchukow 2537   CC
     Sajnakow 2633   CC
     Masuk 3183   DD
     Turjanski 3213   DD
     Sydorak 3312   DD
     Pidletentschuk 3323   DD
     Kobylezkyj 3349   DD
     Popeliuk 3427   DD
     Szkurhan 3443   DD
     Melnitschuk 3555   DD
     Dziombak 3594   DD
     Kuryliw 3596   DD
     Kuschnir 3659   DD
     Moros 3683   DD
     Tschornopyskij 3684   DD
     Ostafijtschuk 3695   DD
     Chwalink 4188   DD
STAMP PATTERN UNCATEGORIZED, N = 2:   Nahorniak 3440, no stamp visible on outside surface, stamp not identifiable on inside surface.   Ben 4417, outside surface of card not supplied, no stamp visible on inside surface.

The temporal distribution of the five Stamp Patterns is clarified in the sorting by Dienstausweis number shown in the table below.

The four main Stamp Patterns from AA to DD can be seen to have made both their first and last appearance on Trawniki Cards from AA first to DD last, with Types AA, BB, and CC overlapping, and DD occupying the final position without overlapping any of the previous three types.  The aberrant Type BC can be said to lie within the range of both BB and CC.

The column headed "Diff" conveys how many cards earlier (negative numbers) or later (positive numbers) a given card is compared to the Demjanjuk card which is assigned a value of zero.  The Diff column was used above to show how the appearance of Stamp C on the inside of Demjanjuk 1393 occurred without other Stamp Cs being used on nearby cards.

The column headed "Card Type" shows whether the target at which the stamp-handler aims his stamp-tool consists either of two concentric and large (L) circles, or of a single small (S) circle.  Card Type L is illustrated in examples A, B, and C above, although the poor resolution of example C obscures that the target does consist of two circles, the inner one thinner.  Card Type S is illustrated in example D above.  Card Type information calls to mind no interesting conclusions at the moment, but is mentioned here because the target-size differences are salient in the images, and because taking Card Type (which is the same as target size) into account may prove useful in future research.

   AA   BB   BC   CC   DD     Diff    Card
Gontscharuk 303 AA         - 1,090    L 
Kirelacha 415    AA - 978  L 
Golub 619    A? - 774  L 
Jarosch 749    BB - 644  L 
Juchnowskij 847    AA - 546  L 
Wutke 862    B? - 531  L 
Babenko 869    AA - 524  L 
Daniltschenko 1016    BB - 377  S 
Titow 1040    BB - 353  L 
Kutschnijtschuk 1123    B? - 270  L 
Kartaschew 1185 AA - 208  L 
Wolembachow 1211 BB - 182  L 
Sidortschuk 1329 CC  - 64  L 
Tkatschuk 1333 AA  - 60  L 
Kabirow 1337 BB  - 56  L 
Demjanjuk 1393 BC    0  L 
Odartschenko 1573 BB  180  L 
Agejews 1653 BB  260  L 
Bandarenko 1759 B?  366  L 
Bondarenko 1926 CC  533  L 
Gamaschow 1991 BB  598  L 
Slowjagin 1999 BB  606  L 
Butenko 2059 BB  666  L 
Schtscherbinin 2061    BB  668  S 
Rjasanow 2077 B?  684  S 
Djatschuk 2091 BB  698  L 
Swesdun 2112 BB  719  L 
Poljuchno 2128 BB  735  L 
Ribak 2246 B?  853  S 
Solanchukow 2537 CC 1,144  S 
Sajnakow 2633 CC 1,240  S 
Masuk 3183 DD 1,790  L 
Turjanski 3213 DD 1,820  L 
Sydorak 3312 DD 1,919  S 
Pidletentschuk 3323 DD 1,930  L 
Kobylezkyj 3349 DD 1,956  S 
Popeliuk 3427 DD 2,034  L 
Nahorniak 3440 2,047  L 
Szkurhan 3443 DD 2,050  L 
Melnitschuk 3555 DD 2,162  S 
Dziombak 3594 DD 2,201  S 
Kuryliw 3596 DD 2,203  S 
Kuschnir 3659 DD 2,266  S 
Moros 3683 DD 2,290  S 
Tschornopyskij 3684 DD 2,291  S 
Ostafijtschuk 3695 DD 2,302  S 
Chwalink 4188 DD 2,795  S 
Ben 4417 3,024  ? 


Previously-discussed Trawniki-Card characteristics on which Demjanjuk 1393 appears to be absolutely unique, or close to unique, are as follows, with the currently-discovered unique characteristic of a BC Stamp Pattern added in eighth position.


  1. The bearer signature on Demjanjuk 1393 has been obliterated by soak-through.

  2. The bearer signature differs radically from known signatures of John Demjanjuk.

WHO GLUED has argued that
  1. Demjanjuk 1393 is the only Trawniki Card to have been published bearing someone else's photograph.

  2. The Demjanjuk 1393 photograph has two holes in it which might be staple holes, and no corresponding holes in the card itself (Agejews 1653 has two dots which may or may not be holes).

  3. Demjanjuk 1393 has two stamps overlapping the photograph, where the norm is one.

  4. Bleach-through suggests that some original photograph had been removed from Demjanjuk 1393 (bleach-through is also visible in Wolembachow 1211).

  5. The two stamps that overlap the photograph on the inside surface of Demjanjuk 1393 exhibit irregularities indicative of forgery (the Juchnowskij 847 single photograph-overlapping stamp exhibits even more striking irregularities).

The instant paper demonstrates that

  1. Demjanjuk 1393 outside and inside stamps don't correspond, where the norm is correspondence.

The first seven instances of uniqueness were taken to be indicative of forgery.  And so when we discover that Demjanjuk 1393 has yet another unique feature, that its outside and inside stamps differ, what are we to make of it?

Minimally, that the Demjanjuk 1393 Card was not created using the conventional procedure, which might have been to apply outer and inner stamps at the same time, once the photograph had been glued on, and using the same stamp-tool.  But somehow, Demjanjuk 1393 avoided this conventional route.  Can we imagine how?  Perhaps by the KGB having seized copies of partly-completed Trawniki Cards at the end of the war which they proceeded to complete as suited Kremlin goals.  KGB forgers, then, might have been faced with a Type C stamp on the inside (or part of such a stamp) and no stamp on the outside, and imprinted a Type B stamp on the outside perhaps because they could see that the Type B stamp was predominantly used on the outside surfaces of cards around the time Dienstausweis 1393 was issued, and while perhaps not recognizing the importance of matching the Type C Stamp already on the inside with another Type C Stamp to be placed on the outside.  Although many such scenarios can be imagined for the creation of the anomalous Stamp Pattern BC, what is clear is that we have found yet another instance of Demjanjuk 1393 irregularity, and that each irregularity heightens the suspicion that the card is not genuine, and the large accumulation of irregularities to date more than justifies the conclusion that the Kremlin cannot be trusted, and that the Trawniki Card must be ruled inadmissible, as must all documents that originate from Kremlin hands, no matter whose hands hold them today.

The Data in Greater Detail for Researchers

Images of the stamps which appear on the inside surfaces of all cards can be found in WHO GLUED.  Below are stamps appearing on the outside surface of all cards.

Gontscharuk 303   A Kirelacha 415   A Golub 619   A Jarosch 749   B
Juchnowskij 847   A Wutke 862   B Babenko 869   A Daniltschenko 1016   B
Titow 1040   B Kutschnijtschuk 1123   B Kartaschew 1185   A Wolembachow 1211   B
Sidortschuk 1329   C Tkatschuk 1333   A Kabirow 1337   B Demjanjuk 1393   B
Odartschenko 1573   B Agejews 1653   B Bandarenko 1759   B Bondarenko 1926   C
Gamaschow 1991   B Slowjagin 1999   B Butenko 2059   B Schtscherbinin 2061   B
Rjasanow 2077   B Djatschuk 2091   B Swesdun 2112   B Poljuchno 2128   B
Ribak 2246   B Solanchukow 2537   C Sajnakow 2633   C Masuk 3183   D
Turjanski 3213   D Sydorak 3312   D Pidletentschuk 3323   D Kobylezkyj 3349   D
Popeliuk 3427   D Nahorniak 3440   ? Szkurhan 3443   D Melnitschuk 3555   D
Dziombak 3594   D Kuryliw 3596   D Kuschnir 3659   D Moros 3683   D
Tschornopyskij 3684   D Ostafijtschuk 3695   D Chwalink 4188   D Outside surface unavailable.

Ben 4417   ?

A question which future historians may be able to explain is why the forty-eight Trawniki Cards disclosed by the Kremlin are not randomly distributed over all possible Dienstausweis numbers, but seem rather to be concentrated around three modes, as shown below.  A possible answer to be kept in mind pending a more thorough investigation is that the three modes correspond to intervals of recruitment of Ukrainians, so as to inflate in the public mind Ukrainian membership among Trawniki personnel.

200-399   400-599   600-799   800-999   1000-1199 1200-1399 1400-1599 1600-1799 1800-1999 2000-2199 2200-2399 2400-2599 2600-2799 2800-2999 3000-3199 3200-3399 3400-3599 3600-3799 3800-3999 4000-4199 4200-4399 4400-4599
Dienstausweis Number

Best images available of the four stamp types are as below.  Stamp B is shown in Wolembachow and Demjanjuk variations because lightly-inked and darkly-inked versions each reveals details hidden by the other.  Although the first four images are larger than any presented above, the final image, illustrating Stamp Type D from Kuschnir 3659, has already been shown in the same size twice above.

Outside, Juchnowskij 847   Stamp Type A

Outside, Wolembachow 1211   Stamp Type B

Outside, Demjanjuk 1393   Stamp Type B

Outside, Bondarenko 1926   Stamp Type C

Outside, Kuschnir 3659   Stamp Type D

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