HKP Jewish Labor Camp 1943-1944 #holocaust


mindyoc
 

Thanks to all who responded. I will have to take off an afternoon and look at those sources. I’m beginning to have doubts whether the entry for the individual listed as a seamstress in Apt. 119 was really Grandfather Yochelson’s sister. She would have been in her mid to late sixties by then and probably not able to survive or be chosen for a labor camp. Her first  names were Rokha Gitlia and she married Yosel Zalkind in 1900. The entry said she was on sick leave. People had similar names and I remember reading that she went to the Zalkind household, there already was a Rokha living there, When I did research I did notice that a source said that there was a Zalkind House of Trade, the biggest store in Vilnius, with 20 departments and a staff of 150 people. Hope she married into that branch.
Mindy Yochelson


mindyoc
 

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Thanks.
Mindy Yochelson


Joel Ratner
 

In regards to HKP in Vilna, an additional information source is a testimony given by Sidney Handler. Sidney was born and raised in Vilna and with his mother, the only survivors of his family, were interned at HKP. Sidneys testimony delves into life in Vilna, his experiences at HKP, and ultimately, his liberation and relocation to Germany and the U.S. I interviewed him around 20 years ago, when the Vital Records Translation Project was in its infancy. He lived here in Newton, MA. at the time. I believe he is about 87 years old now.
 
One source of his testimony can be found at:
 
Sid Handler was born In Vilnius, Lithuania in 1934 (at the time it was part of Poland and he was born with Polish citizenship) as Samuel Rezjewski.
www.crestwood.on.ca

 
Joel Ratner
 
 
 

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beckyanderson53@...
 

If you are interested in details of life at the HKP in Vilna, I highly recommend the book The Search For Major Plagge by Michael Good.  If will give you a good sense of what life was like at the camp.  I also highly recommend the movie  a (documentary), "The Good Nazi" which tells the story of the HKP camp, Plagge's role in trying to save the Jews who worked there (though only a small fraction survived the liquidation of the camp).  The movie combines interviews with survivors and reenactments of parts of the history at the camp.
Rebecca Fogel Anderson


Russ Maurer
 

Also, the website, https://searchformajorplagge.com/ is definitely worth examining. It is especially rich in testimonies and interviews, and includes its own list of 1234 HKP prisoners and their fates, assembled from various sources, including the lists in the HKP book.

Russ Maurer
Records Acquisition & Translation coordinator
LitvakSIG


Russ Maurer
 

Hi Mindy,

There is no comprehensive list, but quite a bit of fragmentary information from items such as work group lists, daily sick lists, and the like. These were all researched and assembled into a book published 20 years ago. LitvakSIG obtained permission to index all of the names from this book (4467 total entries, but about 1000-1200 unique names as there was a lot of redundancy) and they were added to the All-Lithuania Database a few years ago. You can see all the names by searching Any Field Contains "HKP Jewish labor camp" (without the quotes) on the ALD search form, litvaksig.org/search-ald

The book, which also gives some camp history and context, has the same text in Lithuanian, Russian, and English.

Title: The H.K.P. Jewish Labor Camp 1943-1944
Author: Irina Guzenberg
Publisher: Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum (Vilnius), 2002
ISBN:9955-9556-1-9

Russ Maurer
Records Acquisition & Translation coordinator
LitvakSIG


mindyoc
 

Are there lists of those incarcerated (and what happened to them) by the Nazis at the HKP forced labor camp in Vilna? I believe I may have a relative who was listed as a seamstress in the setup by Karl Plagge, which was somewhat similar to Schindler's.
Thank you.
Mindy Yochelson