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KZ: Bildbericht aus fünf Konzentrationslagern.

Object | Accession Number: 1995.57.4

A copy of the “KZ: Bildbericht aus fünf Konzentrationslagern” [KZ: Pictorial report of five concentration camps,] owned by Jakob Lewkowicz, who spent several years as a concentration camp prisoner. It was published soon after the war by the American War Information Office to increase awareness of the atrocities that had occurred. It contains post-liberation photographs at Buchenwald, Bergen-Belsen, Nordhausen, and Ohrdruf concentration camps and the site of the Gardelagen massacre. Jakob’s name and those of others, likely his relatives, are inscribed within. Before the Holocaust, Jakob lived with his parents in Będzin, Poland. The German army entered their town on September 4, 1939, three days after the invasion of Poland. At the beginning of 1940, Jakob started working for the city administration. Jakob was sent to St. Annaberg (Góra Świętej Anny), Poland, at the end of 1942, where he was registered as a forced laborer. In early 1943, Jakob was sent to Blechhammer forced labor camp in Blechhammer (now Blachownia Slaska), German-occupied Poland. Jakob was still at Blechhammer in spring 1944 when it became a subcamp of Auschwitz III (Buna-Monowitz) concentration camp. On January 21, 1945, the camp was evacuated, and Jakob was sent on a forced march to Gross-Rosen concentration camp, and later transported to Buchenwald and Schörzingen concentration camps in Germany. In mid-April, he was forced to march toward Dachau concentration camp. On April 22, while marching, Jakob was liberated by American soldiers. After the war, Jakob spent time in Saulgau and Rastatt displaced persons camps near Baden, Germany. Jakob sailed to the United States on January 19, 1950.

Alternate Title
KZ: Pictorial report of five concentration camps.
publication/distribution:  1945
received:  approximately 1945
publication: Germany
Object Type
Pamphlets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jakob Lewkowicz
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 09:10:04
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