Trying to understand conflicting information on the Yad Vashem Website #holocaust

Peter Mcnally

Dear Genners
For many years my wife & I have believed that a distant relative , HILDEGARD LEHRER (nee HAEUSLER), born 1904 in
Gleiwitz perished in Auschwitz together with her husband MAX LEHRER.
However, today when I looked on Yad Vashem's database she appears both as having been murdered, and as having survived,
her name appearing in Pinkas Hanitzolim, thus also on the USHMM site. I have been unable to find any information about her
after The Holocaust.
Can anyone cast light on this discrepancy?

Many Thanks - Peter McNally
Ayelet Hashahar, Upper Galilee, Israel

DURRA, Breslau, Staedtel, Berlin. KAPLUN-KOGAN, Moscow, Yalta, Breslau,. ROSENBERGER Mulheim an der Mosel.
FRIEDMANN, Beuthen (Bytom), Neisse (Nysa). MOSES, Ottmachau, Baranow, Hamburg. SACHS, Frankenstein.
Koln, Hurben, Floss, Kempen. AMSEL, Koln, Roermond.


First of all check the source for the fact they perished in Auschwitz. The museum in Auschwitz has a list (far of being complete) of people that were in the camp. Pinkas Hanitzolim is a very reliable source, if they appear there, they should appear in others list from the post-war era in Poland or Arolsen archives. Sometime simple search in Google helps.

Deborah Wiener

Hi there, did you find something in the list of  names that are filled out at yad Vashem? Sometimes that information is quite inaccurate as it might be filled out by a well-meaning person who doesn’t have their facts straight. If it’s via that, can you contact the informer and try to ascertain how/what they knew?

Good luck.


Melbourne Australia






Valentin Lupu

Shalom Peter,
As I can read the the Yad Vashem's information, the entry about Hilde's death is based on German archives documentation on deportations. The German source ("Victims of the Persecution of Jews under the National Socialist Tyranny in Germany 1933 - 1945") is about victims and persecuted persons, not necessarily murdered victims.   The second entry is based on a more reliable source, Pinkas Hanitzolim and Hilde indeed survived. My search on Arolsen archives revealed that Hilde filled in a tracing request for Max and the original letter, written in German in 1947, is available online. Her address, was Regensburg, Neupfarrplatz 12. Another person, Leizer Lehrer filled in  a tracing request for Max too. There  are also 11 undisclosed documents related to Hilde's medical treatment.

Valentin Lupu