Don't know up to what certain collectors and dealers can use Mahatma Gandhi's name and Principle of Non-Violence to make money.
This rubber stamp (FAKE pictorial postmark) was made by probably known or unknown Individual in Germany(not German post office or philatelic club) as a protest against the massacre which took place on 11th March 2009 in Winnenden High School in which 16 students and teachers were killed.
I think this is INSULT to all innocent people who died in this incident. (Click this link to read more about this incident.)
If you live in Winneden or near by then please do more research on this FAKE pictorial postmark and stop this kind of activity. Don't know why maker of this rubber stamp choose October 2nd instead of March 11 date.!!
This FAKE used covers with rubber stamps were mailed in Winnenden and Schwaikheim, Germany which are only 4 km away. Check it out in map
Also don't know why they used State Emblem of India in this rubber stamps? Indian Government or Indian Embassy in Germany has nothing to do with this Incident but still they used India's Emblem.!! (Read my other blog post of Emblem of India)
BTW: Also another Gandhi rubber stamp was on used cover mailed to Schwaikheim not far from Winnenden.
1) 1948 Stamps False hope of Riches?
2) 1948 Gandhi Stamps: Are False hope of Riches - Part II ?
3) 1948 Gandhi Mourning Private FDC : Are False hope of Riches - Part III?
4) 1948 Expensive Gandhi FDC : Are False hope of Riches - Part IV?
5) 1948 Gandhi Stamps Early Usage cover : Gandhi Stamps Are False hope of Riches - Part V?
6) Maxi Card sold for $5100 with 1948 Gandhi Stamps - False hope of Riches - Part VI?
7) Indian Philately Exposed
8) Indian Philately Exposed - Part II
I got 2 reply from different department of Deutschepost and as per them this are not postmark from German Postal Service. Read following emails and let me know if any question about email.
Date: Jan 22, 2010 4:47 AM
Subject: Your inquiry
Dear Mr. Patel,
Thank you for your inquiry.
Deutsche Post AG did not issue any postmark from Ghandi`s birthday.
Date: Feb 1, 2010 6:31 AM
Subject: AW: Gandhi postmark handstamp on October 2nd 2009 from Winnenden, Germany,
Dear Mr. Patel,
Thank you for your require.
The postmark is not a postmark from the German Post. You can recognize this, because there are no posthorns on it.
I am sorry, the person who has created the postmark is unknown.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Deutsche Post AG
Tel: 0961 - 3818 3636
Fax: 01805 - 24 68 76
You can see this posthorns at following link on German postal service.