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Group portrait of members of the Jewish police force in front of their headquarters at the Bergen-Belsen DP camp.

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    Group portrait of members of the Jewish police force in front of their headquarters at the Bergen-Belsen DP camp.
    Group portrait of members of the Jewish police force in front of their headquarters at the Bergen-Belsen DP camp.

Those pictured include: second row: police chief Jaronowsky, secretary Hanka Altman.  Top row: third from left Moshe Stampfater, 4th from left Nandor Aron and 6th from left, Milehman.

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    Group portrait of members of the Jewish police force in front of their headquarters at the Bergen-Belsen DP camp.

    Those pictured include: second row: police chief Jaronowsky, secretary Hanka Altman. Top row: third from left Moshe Stampfater, 4th from left Nandor Aron and 6th from left, Milehman.
    Date
    1947
    Locale
    Bergen-Belsen, [Prussian Hanover; Lower Saxony] Germany
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Ned and Anna Aron

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    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Ned and Anna Aron

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    Biography
    Ned Aron (born Nandor Aron) is the son of Eugene and Josephine (Wexler) Aron. He was born on June 26, 1926 in Cluj, Romania, where his parents were in the grocery business. Nandor had one younger sister, Eva (b. 1927). Nandor's father died in 1931, leaving his wife to manage alone with two small children. During the war Cluj became the capital of Hungarian-ruled northern Transylvania, where, until the spring of 1944, the Jewish community was largely left in peace. In the course of the first week in May, however, the full force of Nazi anti-Jewish policy was suddenly brought to bear with the concentration of 18,000 Jews in a ghetto established in a local brickyard. The ghettoization was followed three weeks later by the deportation of its inhabitants in a series of transports to Auschwitz. Nandor was confined to the Cluj ghetto for a month before his deportation to Auschwitz in June 1944. He remained in the concentration camp only a few weeks before being transferred to the Hirschberg im Riesengebirge, a sub-camp of Gross Rosen in Lower Silesia. While at Hirschberg, Nandor was sent to work at a munitions factory in Bad Warmbrunn, where he built cannons for the German army. He was transferred a few more times to labor camps in the area before his liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945, one month shy of his nineteenth birthday. Shortly after his release, Nandor boarded a freight train and made his way back to Cluj, where he found a few surviving uncles. He remained in Cluj through the summer working for the American Joint Distribution Committee. Then he learned that his sister Eva was alive in Bergen-Belsen and set out to find her. His progress was delayed by the difficulty of crossing borders that were no longer open. When Nandor finally reached Belsen early in 1946, he learned that Eva, who had been evacuated to Sweden for medical treatment, had since died of tuberculosis. Soon after his arrival in Belsen, Nandor met Anna Rosenbluth. They were married on Lag b'Omer, May 19, 1946, along with 48 other couples. Anna wore clothes borrowed from Germans, and a friend of Nandor's bought her a ring at a pawnshop. For the next three years, Nandor served as a policeman in the DP camp and played an active role in the Haghibor hachshara [Zionist collective], consisting mostly of Cluj survivors. The Arons left Germany for the United States in May 1949.
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