B&W portrait with white border. Portrait of David Kropveld as a boy, wearing a suit and tie. Narrative: Portrait of the donor, David Kropveld. David Kropveld was born on January 3, 1918 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. David took up boxing as a young man and participated in competitions. In July 1940, David and his father joined the White Brigade resistance group in the south of France, passing as non-Jews. In October 1942, David was arrested while smuggling war-related information between occupied and Vichy France. He was tortured for ten days before being released. He was reunited with his father in Brussels, but the two were arrested by Gestapo officers one week later. They were incarcerated for three months and deported to Auschwitz concentration camp. Father and son wore the badges of political prisoners and were selected for the slave labour camp of Monowitz, where they stayed for about five days prior to being transferred to Treblinka. In Treblinka, David witnessed his father’s murder at the hands of a guard. In the fall of 1944, a guard recognized David as a boxer he had admired and had him transferred back to Auschwitz and Monowitz in December 1944 to compete boxing matches against other prisoners. In December 1944, David managed to escape the death march with a few iother prisoners. He was rescued shortly after and brought to a hospital until his health improved. No members of his family survived the war. In the summer of 1945, David met his wife. In 1947, the couple emigrated to Cuba, and in 1950, to Montreal where David began a successful career as a butcher.
Photograph : paper : b&w ; Ht: 10,5 cm x W: 7,2 cm
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White border. Outdoor scene. Group of men, mostly soldiers, walking down three stairs and coming out of a building. On buildings wall is a sign that read " TEMPORARY / CAMP / HEADQUARTERS". There is also a lamp post and a window with bars on the exterior walls.
Photograph : Paper : Black, White ; Ht: 5 in. x W: 7 in.
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B&w. Outdoor. Group of 10 men wearing suits, with a Star of David arm band on. Narrative: Taken in Szczebrzen Ghetto (near Lublin). Yankl Dym (donor’s husband) is second from left with beard. Donor belives these men ended up being killed in Belzec killing centre.
b&w, white border. Outdoors. Two men walking along a sidewalk. They are both wearing yellow star badges on their coats. People and advertising posters can be seen in the background. Narrative: George (Jiri) Ehrman was born in Strakonice (Czech Republic) on March 8, 1920. He was deported from Prague to Theresienstadt ghetto-camp (Czech Republic) in June 1942. In December 1943 he was sent from the Theresienstadt ghetto-camp to Auschwitz concentration camp (Poland) where his prisoner number was #170128. In July 1944, George Ehrman was sent to concentration camp Schwarzheide, a subcamp of Sachsenhausen, where he received this identification prisoner number.George recalls that he was made to build bunkers and repair damages after Allied air raids. From April 4, 1945 to May 5, 1945 George was part of a death march from Schwarzheide camp toward Theresienstadt ghetto-camp. He was with his brother Charles (Karel) during the march. Mr Ehrman believes that from their hometown, only him and his brother Charles (Karel) survived the Holocaust. George Ehrman immigrated to Canada and settled in Montreal.