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Abram Pukacz papers

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    The Abram Pukacz papers consist of correspondence and photographs documenting Abram and his family from Łask, Poland. The letters were written by Abram to his cousin in Tel Aviv shortly after World War II, and describe the loss of his family in the Holocaust, his loneliness, and his impatience to immigrate to Palestine. Photographs depict Pukacz family members and family home in Łask before the Holocaust, Abram and other young people in the Bergen Belsen displaced persons camp, and the Ayanot agricultural school in Israel. Ayanot photographs include a picture of David Ben-Gurion and other officials at the opening of the Ayanot school and a picture of Vera Weizmann and Eleanor Roosevelt visiting in 1955.
    inclusive:  1930-1955
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Abram Pukacz
    Collection Creator
    Abram Pukacz
    Abram Pukacz was born in 1926 in Łask, Poland, to baker Eliezer Luzer (Lajzer) Pukacz (b. 1901) and Ruda Janasewicz Pukacz (b. 1897). Following the German invasion, Abram’s family was forced to work in the Łask ghetto. In 1940 his father was sent to perform forced labor and is believed to have been murdered at Auschwitz. When the Łask ghetto was liquidated in 1942, Abram and his sister, Ester, were sent to the Łódź ghetto while the rest of their family was sent to Chełmno and murdered. Abram and Ester were deported to Auschwitz in 1944, and Ester was shortly transferred to Stutthof and perished. In October 1944, Abram was transferred to the Fürstengrube coal mine. He survived a death march to Nordhausen in January 1945 and was evacuated to Bergen Belsen in April. He remained in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp for two years, moved to Palestine in April 1947, and was placed in the Ayanot agricultural school, where he remained until 2000.

    Physical Details

    Polish Yiddish Hebrew
    1 box
    1 book enclosure
    System of Arrangement
    The Abram Pukacz papers are arranged as two series: Series 1: Correspondence, 1946-1947, Series 2: Photographs, 1930-1955

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    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.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    DP-Camp Bergen-Belsen

    Administrative Notes

    The collection was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007 by Abram Pukacz.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-24 15:13:00
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