Sur­vived, but where now?

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BY AMANDA JULIUS

THE UNITED States Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Mu­seum has launched a so­cial me­dia drive to track down hun­dreds of Holo­caust sur­vivors as part of an on­go­ing ex­hi­bi­tion and ar­chiv­ing pro­ject.

The mu­seum is ex­hibit­ing and post­ing on­line por­traits of 1,100 young Holo­caust sur­vivors pho­tographed just af­ter the Sec­ond World War.

Hop­ing to lo­cate the sur­vivors with the aim of re­con­nect­ing them to friends and fam­ily mem­bers, the ex­hi­bi­tion, en­ti­tled Re­mem­ber Me?, will also log and pre­serve their sto­ries.

“When we started call­ing peo­ple on our sur­vivors’ reg­is­ter, it was sort of un­ex­pected for them to find out we had these pho­tos from their child­hood,” said Jude Richter, his­to­rian at the Sur­vivors and Vic­tims Re­source Cen­tre at the Wash­ing­ton-based mu­seum. “One per­son told us this was the first time they had ac­tu­ally sat down and talked to their kids about what they went through.”

Most of the im­ages were taken by re­lief work­ers be­tween 1945 and 1947. An­other 100 pho­to­graphs were taken at Kloster In­der­s­dorf, a United Na­tions-founded Bavar­ian chil­dren’s cen­tre.

Since the ex­hi­bi­tion was launched, the mu­seum has tracked down around 180 of the chil­dren. Sev­eral came for­ward on Face­book, with one suited young man sport­ing a cowlick com­ment­ing on the old im­age of him­self: “I am that per­son.” The now 80-yearold New Yorker goes on to say he is the sole sur­vivor of a fam­ily of 15.

Linda Fisher, daugh­ter of Hans Neu­mann, whose pho­to­graph fea­tures in the ex­hi­bi­tion, says the pro­ject has had a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence: “My fa­ther spoke to the mu­seum about his life as far as the con­cen­tra­tion camp went,” she said. “His mem­ory is bet­ter around the other sur­vivors, their mem­o­ries trig­ger his own.”

Ber­lin-born Mr Neu­mann, the only mem­ber of his im­me­di­ate fam­ily to sur­vive the war, was de­ported with his brother to There­sien­stadt, where he was lib­er­ated in 1945.


Pho­tographed af­ter the Shoah, and be­ing tracked down: Chaim Swinik, Vic­tor Mau­rice Co­hen, Martin Hecht

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