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Alexander Bachnár papers

Document | Accession Number: 2004.104.2

The Alexander Bachnár papers consist of correspondence and biographical, photographic, and printed materials documenting Bachnár’s forced work on Sixth Labor Battalion (VI Prapor) in Slovakia during World War II, his confinement to the Nováky labor camp for Jews, his participation in armed resistance with partisans, awards he received for his wartime service, and his work as a journalist after the war.

Biographical materials include certificates, correspondence, lists, speeches, and an interview documenting Alexander Bachnár, his forced work on the Slovak Jewish labor battalion, his confinement to the Nováky labor camp, his military service with partisans, awards he received for his wartime service, and his work as a journalist after the war. This series also includes an identification card issued at the Nováky labor camp to Gizella Bachnerova, Bachnár’s sister-in-law, who was later shot into an open pit in Kremnica with her two sons.

Correspondence includes three letters to Bachnár from former students at the Nováky labor camp, a letter to him from the family who helped his partisan unit during the war, and a postcard from Erich Roth who was imprisoned at Majdanek to his aunt Lotte Gross.

Photographic material include photographs and copies documenting Nováky and other Jewish labor camps, the partisans with whom Bachnár fought, the Jenis family in Skýcov, the Mauthausen memorial, and Bachnár’s daughter Alexandra Tothova. Nováky Jewish Council members depicted include Ervin Dick, Emanuel Fürst, Dr. Braun, Dr. Mandler, Dr. Neumann, Dr. Špira, Juraj Spitzer, Elo Gross, Ivan Székely, Pavel Weinwurm, Ing. Löwenbein, Ferdinand Goldstein, Mr. Rosenbaum, Tibor Pethö, and Imrich Rosenthal. Partisans depicted in the photographs include Major Zorich, Imrich Muller, Edita Ernst, Jan Schönfeld, and Vojtech Friedmann. This series also includes a list of descriptions of photographs, at least one of which is included in this series. Many of the photographs appear to have been taken by Juraj Spitzer.

Printed materials include a 1947 postcard from the State Museum of Auschwitz, a clipping celebrating Bachnár’s 50th birthday, a post-1989 clipping listing Bachnár as a reactionary element, and a 1965 clipping from the Polish daily newspaper Glos Pracy.

inclusive:  circa 1940-2002
15 folders
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alexander Báchnar
Record last modified: 2023-04-11 09:46:33
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