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Konkowski and Blinbaum families papers

Document | Accession Number: 2012.473.1

The Konkowski and Blinbaum families papers consist of photographs, resistance materials, and Selecta business records documenting the Konkowski and Blinbaum families in Poland and Belgium before, during, and after World War II, the resistance activities of Menachem Konkowski and others during the Holocaust, and the operation of the Konkowski family metal factory "Selecta" under German management during the occupation of Belgium.

Photographs depict Menachem and Ita Konkowski, their daughters Renée and Claudine, and other family members and friends before the war in Poland and during and after the war in Belgium, a parade of Jewish members of the Resistance in Belgium following liberation, and a Belgian memorial to the heroes of World War II.

Resistance material includes documents, authentic and false identification papers, name lists, and notes documenting the resistance work of Menachem Konkowski and others in Belgium during the Holocaust. Documents include a flyer distributed by the Association des Juifs en Belgique (AJB) calling on Jews to respond to forced labor summons, an incomplete anonymous interview transcript describing the distrust the Jewish resistance in Belgium had for the AJB, and commendations, attestations, and awards recognizing the Resistance work of Menachem Konkowski and others. False papers include blank identification cards and work papers. Menachem’s identification papers document his participation in the Mouvement National Belge (MNB) and the armed resistance against Nazism. Name lists include a list of MNB members and a list of accused traitors. A photocopy of a 1947 Belgian news article describes the work of the Moliere Group. A pocket calendar and pocket notebook list expenses, payments, appointments, addresses, and notes related to Menachem’s resistance activities.

Selecta business records document the Konkowski metalworking shop called Selecta that made clasps for handbags and its operation as a “Jewish business under German management” during World War II. Records include a client file for Mr. Hermann Schaetzke and notes.

inclusive:  circa 1900-1960
1 box
2 oversize folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Claudine Davison, Diane Leigh Davison, and Renée Alalouf
Record last modified: 2023-08-24 13:57:22
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