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Plock Yizkor book Soon af­ter the war Jewish sur­vivors of the Holo­caust be­gan to record in Yizkor books what they re­mem­bered about the peo­ple from their com­mu­nity who were killed. The Yizkor book for Plock, where Jane’s fam­ily were from, re­vealed that Jane’s great un­cle Her­man Te­mer­son hid out­side the ghetto on the ‘Aryan’ side. This was a vi­tal de­vel­op­ment in the search for what hap­pened to him and his fam­ily. In­ter­na­tional Trac­ing Ser­vice The In­ter­na­tional Trac­ing Ser­vice Ar­chive was es­sen­tial to track­ing the move­ments of Jane’s great aunt Jad­wiga. We knew she sur­vived the war, but didn’t know where she went. Let­ters from Jad­wiga’s brother-in-law to the Red Cross showed him try­ing to get her to Geneva to be with her sis­ter. Im­mi­gra­tion pa­pers We’d heard a fam­ily story that Jane’s great aunt Michaela and her fam­ily fled France for Switzer­land dur­ing the war. Speak­ing to his­to­ri­ans led us to the Swiss Fed­eral Ar­chives where we were told im­mi­gra­tion records were pre­served. Pa­pers for the fam­ily were a rich re­source of de­tail, plot­ting their move­ments and telling us ex­actly where and when they crossed the bor­der. Visa doc­u­ments Held at the Na­tional Ar­chives in Paris, th­ese doc­u­ments showed the noose tight­en­ing as Aron Sin­ga­lowski strug­gled to get the visas to get him and his fam­ily out of France. They re­veal Aron turn­ing to ev­ery em­bassy he can, and even try­ing a doc­tor’s sick note. By 1942 the re­ply from the Vichy au­thor­i­ties is al­ways ‘visa re­fused’.

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