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    The William Herskovic papers include two postcards written by Ezryl Anielewicz at the Jawischowitz concentration camp to his wife Mirele in Belgium, a photocopy of an attestation confirming William Herskovic’s report of his escape from the Peiskretscham labor camp, Suzanne Herskovic Ponder’s account of her father’s escape from Peiskretscham, and a requisition order confiscating Herskovic’s photography studio.
    inclusive:  1942-circa 1995
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Maria Herskovic
    Collection Creator
    William Herskovic
    William Herskovic (1914‐2006) was born in Fišar (near Vrbnica, in what was then Hungary and is now
    Slovakia) and moved to Antwerp, Belgium, in 1929. He worked as a portrait photographer until his
    business was confiscated in 1942. He attempted to flee Europe with his wife, Esther, and their daughters, Katie and Germaine, but they were caught in Angoulême, France, and deported via Drancy on convoy 32. In Kędzierzyn‐Koźle, Poland, Herskovic was removed from the train. His wife and daughters were murdered at Auschwitz while Herskovic was sent to the Peiskretscham labor camp, an Auschwitz sub‐camp. He escaped in December 1942, returned to Belgium, and alerted the Judenrat and the Belgian resistance about the deportations and labor camps. He survived the remainder of the war under an assumed identity. After the war he married Mirele (Mireille, Maria) Maschkivitzan Anielewicz (b. 1923), the sister of his late wife and widow of Ezryl Anielewicz (1921‐1945), who had survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald but perished in June 1945. The couple had three daughters in Belgium, immigrated to the United States in 1957, and settled in Los Angeles, where they established a photography business in Westwood.

    Physical Details

    English German
    4 folders
    System of Arrangement
    The William Herskovic papers are arranged as a single series: I. William Herskovic papers, 1942-approximately 1995

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
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    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

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    Administrative Notes

    This collection was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by William Herskovic, Suzanne Ponder, and Maria Herskovic in 1991, 1995, and 2011.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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