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Rachel Zonszajn Benshaul Collection

Document | Accession Number: 2012.318.1

Contains a diary written by Cypora Jablon-Zonszajn (mother of Rachel Zonszajn Benshaul) in the Siedlce Ghetto, in November 1942, describing its liquidation. Diary recounts Cypora's flight from her family home in the ghetto to an attic above the ghetto police command post with her daughter Rachel while part of the ghetto is forcibly evacuated by the Nazis in August 1942, and ghetto inhabitants are beaten and shot, including Rachel's paternal grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Through information received by someone who escaped, Cypora writes that ghetto inhabitants are deported to Treblinka and details the events leading to their deaths. Written in Polish and entrusted to Irena Zawadzka and Zofia Olszakowska who both saved and hid Rachel in eastern Poland during the war. Also included are three photographs and a postwar letter written by Zofia to Rachel's paternal uncle Simon Jablon in Palestine in 1945.

1942-1945  (inclusive)
1 folder
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Rachel Zonszajn Benshaul
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Record last modified: 2018-11-27 11:38:58
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