Give Them a Face (France) portrait collection

Give Them a Face (France) portrait collection

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This collection contains over 4,200 portraits of Jewish men, women and children from Belgium, whom have been deported from the French camps Drancy, Angers, Beaune-la-Rolande, Compiègne, Pithiviers and Lyon, to Auschwitz-Birkenau, Sobibor, Maidanek and Kaunas between March 1942 and August 1944. Among the deportees, four groups can be distinguished : persons that had lived in Belgium and whom had emigrated to France legally before the beginning of the war, persons that fled from Belgium to France in May 1940 or afterwards, children born out of these refugees in France and persons arrested by the Belgian state as "suspects" in May 1940 and deported to the camps in the South of France.
1880-1945
VAN GOETHEM Herman e.a., Drancy-Auschwitz, 1942-1944, Brussels, 2015.
Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance, Mechelen
Digitally stored at Kazerne Dossin
The name index of the Give Them a Face (France) portrait collection is accessible at the Kazerne Dossin documentation center. It was also published in : VAN GOETHEM Herman e.a., Drancy-Auschwitz, 1942-1944, Brussels, 2015.
FelixArchief, Antwerp
Memorial de la Shoah in Paris received copies of the Give Them a Face (France) portrait collection.
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Collection
over 4,200 digitised images (photos)
95% of all photos in the Give them a Face (France) portrait collection were retrieved from the immigration file of the deportees, kept by the immigration authorities and currently stored at the State Archives, Brussels. The complete files were digitised by the Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance, and are catalogued as collection KD_00014.
The Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance (JMDR), predecessor of Kazerne Dossin, opened its doors in 1996. The museum was the result of a collaboration between the Jewish Central Consistory of Belgium and the Union of Jewish Deportees. Sir Natan Ramet, survivor of Auschwitz, the death marches and Dachau, was appointed president of the new museum. Apart from its commemorative, museological and educational assignment, the JMDR also had a historical assignment : to digitise all archival collections related to the Holocaust in Belgium and to make these documents available to the public. In 2008 the Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance was reorganised and became, in 2012, Kazerne Dossin - Memorial, Museum and Documentation Center on Holocaust and Human Rights.
In 2005 honorary curator Ward Adriaens launched the Give Them a Face archival project. After negotiations with several ministries and the immigration authorities, the Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance (JMDR) received permission from Minister of Internal Affairs Patrick Dewael to digitise certain photos from immigration files, drafted by the immigration authorities. The portraits of all Jewish, Roma and Sinti deportees which passed through the SS-Sammellager Mecheln (Dossin barracks) in 1942-1944, were scanned to create the “Give Them a Face” portrait collection. In 2009, all of these were published in the four volume commemoration book "Mecheln-Auschwitz, 1942-1944". In 2011, Ward Adriaens broadened the Give Them a Face project, and the pictures of Jews living in Belgium but deported from France were also digitised. These photos were published in the commemoration book "Drancy-Auschwitz, 1942-1944" in 2015. The "fichier Drancy", containing postwar index cards on those deported from France, was used as the starting point for the research. The original "fichier Drancy" is stored at the Directorate-general War Victims in Brussels.
Alphabetical per transport
  • HELLER, Pinkas
    Birthdate: 1907-09-10

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