Witness statements in the post-war case of Meschulim Bleiberg against German informers. Collection

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Only accessible at Kazerne Dossin documentation centre - Six photocopied documents containing witness statements concerning the complaint filed by Meschulim (Max) Bleiberg against the Belgian informers who denounced him to the Feldgendarmerie in Zottegem for not wearing the yellow star.
Police, Zottegem
Auditorat général belge - Belgisch Auditoraat-Generaal (Belgian Attorney General)
22 digitised images (6 photocopied documents)
Meschulim (Max) Bleiberg was born in Mikuliczyn, Poland, on 1st March 1907. In 1935 he married Ruchel Giniewski, born in Stanislaw, Poland, on 7 March 1914. Their oldest son Walter was born in Vienna on 1st July 1936. In February 1938, the family fled to Schaerbeek, Brussels, where a second son, Charles, was born on 9 May 1939. Meschulim Bleiberg was arrested a first time in the summer of 1942, supposedly after he was spotted without the yellow badge on his clothes. He was detained at the German prison in Merksplas and was then sent to France to work as a forced labourer, but was released in December 1942 and returned to Belgium. Mid-February 1943, Meschulim, his wife Ruchel Giniewski and their youngest child Anna, born in Zottegem on 6 March 1941, were arrested. Only Meschulim survived deportation from the Dossin barracks to Auschwitz-Birkenau via Transport XX. Six months after his repatriation in May 1945, he was reunited with his sons Walter and Charles who survived the war in hiding in the catholic orphanage of the Sisters of Mercy (Soeurs de la Miséricorde) in Heverlee, Leuven. Meschulim immediately filed a complaint against the Belgians that were involved in informing the police about his actions, which led to his arrest in 1942. In 1950, Meschulim and his sons moved from Zottegem to Laeken, Brussels, where Meschulim remarried.

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