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Feb 6, 2013, 06:16:17 pm

Jonas Pacanowski's file stops at deportation to Chelmno. Has anyone found any worker cards or ID numbers for people that went to Chelmno. I Havent found anything.

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Posted: Feb 12, 2013 10:17:58 am
I have found worker information from when they were interred within the ghetto, but because Chelmno was an extermination camp and most were gassed upon arrival, the records (according to what I have found) of an individual that has been deported to Chelmno will stop there because that is (generally) where they perished.
Posted: Feb 22, 2013 11:48:12 am

astidham is right.  One of the unfortunate aspects of most genocides is that when people are killed en masse, there are usually no records kept that are specific to an individual. So, in the case of the Holocaust, we often have documentation of a transport to a camp, but once people arrive at a camp which is designated as an "extermination camp," the camp officials did not record names of people who were herded into gas chambers (why would they?).  They only kept records of individuals who were registered as prisoners/laborers.

Posted: Mar 3, 2013 08:04:37 pm

I had the same troubles, but it must be because of the reasons listed in the first comments. Are there other resources availble outside of this site?

Posted: Aug 24, 2013 06:31:59 pm

During research of one of my students, I used the spreadsheet under the "Secondary Sources" option and it provided a list of the transport dates to Chelmno along with data on what happened to persons on transports of specific dates. Perhaps check there? I too had been searching outside this site for records and or information relating to Chelmno records, but was successful after digging deeper into the resources available on this site.