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The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

PHO­TOGRAPHS OF up to 2,000 Holo­caust sur­vivors from Dachau will be made avail­able this spring in a search­able online archive.

The In­ter­na­tional Trac­ing Ser­vice (ITS), which re­searches and doc­u­ments Nazi per­se­cu­tion dur­ing the Holo­caust, said the peo­ple in the im­ages were iden­ti­fied be­cause of a re­cently-dis­cov­ered card in­dex file.

The pho­tographs were used by sur­vivors af­ter the Sec­ond World War to prove they had been in the Dachau con­cen­tra­tion camp and were en­ti­tled to sup­port from re­lief or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“Pho­tos are es­pe­cially valu­able be­cause we have only very few of them, and even fewer in the orig­i­nal,” said Franziska Schu­bert, who works at the ITS.

“What we have here, for the most part, are not doc­u­ments made by the per­pe­tra­tors, but pho­tos the sur­vivors sub­mit­ted them­selves.”

Many of those pic­tured are wear­ing in ca­sual cloth­ing or uni­form, but some are dressed in in­mates’ suits — pre­sum­ably be­cause shortly af­ter their lib­er­a­tion they had noth­ing else to wear, the ITS said.

Among those iden­ti­fied is Stanis­law Galka, a Pol­ish farm­worker forced by the Nazis to work in an en­ginge fac­tory.

He was de­ported aged 16 to Dachau in 1945, where he sur­vived and — it is pre­sumed — met his fu­ture wife Ste­fa­nia. The cou­ple em­i­grated to the United States in 1951.

All the pho­tographs and doc­u­ments have been digi­tised and will be search­able by name or birth­date in the spring of 2019.

Stanis­law Galka

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