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Richard Kuzniak



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Post Posted: Wed Nov 17, 2021 4:49 pm      Post subject: Help With POW Document
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I recently requested and received information from the Arolsen archives on my parents' detention during the war. I knew my father was in 3 concentration camps and that my mother was in forced labour. The attached record for my mother references several concentration camps and check marks for various cards issued. I had no idea that she was associated with camps. Can someone please tell me what this document may be about?
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Post Posted: Wed Nov 17, 2021 8:02 pm      Post subject: Re: Help With POW Document
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Richard Kuzniak wrote:
I recently requested and received information from the Arolsen archives on my parents' detention during the war. I knew my father was in 3 concentration camps and that my mother was in forced labour. The attached record for my mother references several concentration camps and check marks for various cards issued. I had no idea that she was associated with camps. Can someone please tell me what this document may be about?
Thank you.


Hi Richard,
It is interesting to see that not every line of this form is in German (although most are). A few of the lines are in English (for example lines 15 and 16). That makes me think that this document was put together post-war. It appears to be a list of the various cards that could possibly exist in an individual's file, for each of the camps. If you post it on the German Records Translation thread, Michael may help you understand the titles of the relevant cards that existed for your mother. Whether those cards still exist, I do not know.
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Post Posted: Wed Nov 17, 2021 8:31 pm      Post subject:
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Thank you Sophia. What I’m mostly puzzled about is that I knew my mother was in forced labour and that she wound up in the DP camp in Hellbrunn (where I was born). But she never mentioned being in a concentration camp, let alone 5 of them!
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Post Posted: Thu Nov 18, 2021 5:18 am      Post subject:
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Richard Kuzniak wrote:
Thank you Sophia. What I’m mostly puzzled about is that I knew my mother was in forced labour and that she wound up in the DP camp in Hellbrunn (where I was born). But she never mentioned being in a concentration camp, let alone 5 of them!


Is it possible that this record is not for her, but for someone else with the same name?
I ask that because line 17, under Buchenwald, is labelled "Todes-Meldg" which I take to be an abbreviated form of Todes Meldung, Death Report.
Does the date at the top, May 4, 1918, correspond with her birth date?
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Post Posted: Thu Nov 18, 2021 10:45 am      Post subject:
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The birth date is correct but otherwise it doesn’t seem to make much sense. I’ll keep digging! Thank you.
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