May 22, 2022

New Digitization Project Preserves Holocaust Survivors’ Identities

From Jewish Boston:

In the aftermath of World War II, a courageous rabbi compiled lists of Holocaust survivors in Europe in hopes of connecting them with loved ones. Now, thanks to a unique partnership based in Western Massachusetts, these lists are online for anyone to search for free.

Ken Schoen of South Deerfield-based Schoen Books has digitized the lists through a collaboration with the Robert S. Cox Special Collections and University Archives Research Center at UMass-Amherst.

“You can actually obtain a PDF of the document from the Schoen Books website under the reprint section,” Schoen said.


The lists that Schoen helped digitize were originally compiled almost 80 years ago by Rabbi Abraham Klausner, a U.S. military chaplain who visited war-torn Europe, including displaced persons camps for Holocaust survivors in Germany and Austria. The lists were published as a book in 1945.


Collective Copies of Florence reprinted the book and also digitized every page. The reprinted version is available for purchase, with the digitized lists available online through the partnership with UMass.

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