‘COULD YOU NOT OB­TAIN EV­I­DENCE FROM EYE-WIT­NESSES?’

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MOR­RIS Sil­ver­berg, a su­per­in­ten­dent at a Jewish ceme­tery in Es­sex, sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion on be­half of his de­ceased brother Abra­ham, a British cit­i­zen who had been liv­ing in Poland with his fam­ily at the start of the war.

Mr Sil­ver­berg pro­vided wit­ness state­ments from a fam­ily friend who claimed to have last seen Abra­ham and his fam­ily in the vil­lage of Zółkiewka in Poland, be­fore their re­moval to a lo­cal con­cen­tra­tion camp. They were never seen again but For­eign Of­fice of­fi­cials were re­luc­tant to grant Mr Sil­ver­berg com­pen­sa­tion with­out fur­ther ev­i­dence to sup­port his story.

Of­fi­cials said his state­ments were “vague in the ex­treme”. In De­cem­ber 1965 they wrote: “With­out more pre­cise ev­i­dence, it will not be pos­si­ble to reg­is­ter your ap­pli­ca­tion. Although it may be very dif­fi­cult at this late stage, could you not ob­tain sup­port­ing ev­i­dence from eye-wit­nesses or, since it was a ‘lo­cal’ camp, you may find a wit­ness who was an in­mate in the same camp and who may have seen your brother there?”

Mr Sil­ver­berg re­sponded: “It is a wellestab­lished fact there were no sur­vivors from any camp in that part of Poland; this it­self is ev­i­dence for my brother’s death there.”

How­ever, with no fur­ther ev­i­dence sup­plied, the claims depart­ment de­clared Mr Sil­ver­berg’s ap­pli­ca­tion void and he did not re­ceive any com­pen­sa­tion for his brother’s death.

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