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I'm intrigued that a significant number of Jews from Lodz were deported to the HASAG Pelcery Labor Camp in Czestochowa in 1944 (a camp which I had never heard of before). They were sent there only months before the ghetto was liquidated. I know that many of them were of the right age to have signed the schools album.
HASAG stood for "Hugo Schneider Aktiengesellschaft-Metalwarenfabrik," one of the privately owned German industrial companies that used concentration camp prisoners to manufacture armaments. They ran the Pelcery camp until December 1944, when the SS took over.
Did Lodz Jews sent to HASAG Pelcery have any better chance of survival than those sent to Auschwitz a few months later in August 1944? If so, how did their journey to liberation differ from others?
Would you be interested in helping me find out? We'll have to look for student names on the HASAG Pelcery list in Stage 3, and we can look for more evidence of them in lists associated with people liberated at Buchenwald, Gross-Rosen, and Ravensbrueck (where prisoners of HASAG Pelcery are known to have been sent). Any help is appreciated, and we can post updates as a thread of replies to this message.
Cool. I've started looking for info about Mordka Goldwaser. Of course, this is pretty challenging. But that's how it often is with this kind of research. Let me know if you find more!
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