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A long time ago one of the survivors gave me a passport of her father with the signature of the American soldier who were on the first tank and went to the survivors at Farsleben when they liberated the train.
He is a Jewish and he wrote there also his name in Hebrew Avraham Cohen .
A lot of survivors have asked me if we found him. They remember him and his name and even that he had a necklace with a Star of David on his the neck. He shouted to them in Yiddish with tears in his eyes “I am a Jew too”.
Maybe you can publish at your site about his with his signature I attaching here .
His signature attached here is a historical document.
My name is Haim Guttman my father name is :Guttmann Dezsoe (david) was born at 09.10.1921 in Tornalya and arrived to Bergen Belsen at 14.12.44 was on that train.Unfortunatly he died three years ago.
I am trying to locate sombody who knew or meat him.
Dear Matthew Rozell,
I am still a little shocked and turbulent. Today my sister put the ABC bulletin of your school project, on Facebook with the comment “my father’s story”. On holocaust Memory Day in Israel she decided to watch sum holocaust clips on You Tube. She remembered the story our Father told us of a train, and the American liberation. She typed Bergen-Belsem and train and that how it all began. When I watched the clip I was touched but a little skeptical. I wandered if it could really be my father’s train. I then called my mother in Israel (I live in Sweden) yes she said it must be it. I then looked at your web site and to my astonishment my father`s name and his mother father and two sisters were on: Aptroot Alida, Aptroot Isidoor, Aptroot Joseph, Aptroot Ruth, Aptroot-Levy Lucie. My father was seven years old when he was liberated with his family. I cannot begin to tell you what this means to me and my family. Sadly my Father died a few years back; he was a very special man. He touched many people with his warm and explosive personality (that is another story). He`s big sister Ruth still lives in Germany. He`s little sister Alida also died. I remember all of them; Saba Dory (Isidoor) Savta Lucie, Alida and Joppi my father. There are no words to express the gratitude I have for your work. I thank you with all my hart and definitely going to keep in touch.
My name is Keren Aptroot the doter of Joseph Aptroot.
I just found out my uncle I never knew was liberated at Hillersleben. His name was Jozef Barg or Berg. He was the sole survivor of the family in the Warsaw ghetto, and then went to Bergen-Belsen, possibly via the Hotel Polski. He lost his wife Franciszka and 12-year-old daughter Sabina in the ghetto. He would have been about 43 when liberated. Then he emigrated to Israel/Palestine, and was living in Tel Aviv in 1955.
On the off chance anyone has a recollection, please email me: email@example.com.
Does anyone have any recollection of a women by the name of Chaya Goldberger and her children Rosa, Zundel, Yankel and Blima. My great grandmother Chaya Goldberger died and was buried in Hillersleben. If anyone has any memories or anything to share about them please email me – firstname.lastname@example.org
I just found out about this reunion by chance. My mother who died 12 years ago had told us the story since we were kids. She was 17 years old and was liberated together with her sister, two brothers and mother by the soldiers who saw their train. My mother wrote her memoirs and there she describes the kindness of the soldiers who took care of them, found places to live and helped them to get back to life. She even mentions the chocolates and chewing gum she received from them.
I would appreciate any information about the reunion or other relevant information.
Our families live in Israel nowadays.
my name is harel kertesz/ i am from israel’ sde eliezer
i think thet my father was on thet train becus i know thet story from his side. unforchentely he is not alive. i will be hapy to know more abut thet day.]
There is no question that we (thirteen memebers’ family from Cracow, Poland) were on one of the trains expedited from Bergen Belsen a few days before liberation, and our train arrived near Magdenburg and stopped there. But we know there were other trains with Dutch an Hungarian Jews.
Josef E. Horowitz
To Julio Botton,
Indeed my maiden name was LOla Hassid-Frances. I am also happy to hear news from you. Also that somebody remembers the fire. Could you give me more details. Sometimew I think i dreamed it.
I came across your website while trying to find people who were liberated from a train by American soldiers on Apr 30, 1945 in Staltach (today’s name: Iffeldorf. next to Starnberg see in Bavaria).
Can anyone help me with the mission of finding any survivors or soldiers who were there?
If anyone from the American soldiers, has taken any pictures from the liberation, it will help me a lot.
hana goldhirsh email@example.com
I am 53 years old and my mother, who was a holocaust survivor died about 32 years ago. Just in the past 48 hours I found out some information about her parents and sisters.
They were all sent to Riga but her sisters were eventually transported to Stutthof Concentration camp. Now I also have their date of birth. Please please tell me how do I begin to look for information about them?? Their names were Herta and Hannelore Stein. They both died in 1944. Could someone please help me get started on this quest. Thank you kindly
Susan Katzenstein- Feliu firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope someone has responded with assistance before me. Start with finding as many documents on your mother as you can. Some will give you family and transport information: death, marriage certificates; petition and application for citizenship/naturalization; transport records from Europe; yizkor books, etc.
I am only now learning the ropes of genealogy research, so would suggest finding others who can provide more guidance from a Jewish genealogy society in your area or a national group to help you research European and holocaust records. There are discussion blogs where others are often willing to give time, search local records, as volunteers. Debbie
December 28, 2009
During the World War in 1945 in Belgium, my father saw the soldier Julius M. HELDER (36,459,331) during the month of December 1945. He left the 8-January-1945, the village of Stavelot-Francorchamps and killed 27-March-1945 in Germany at the age of 20 years, buried in Margraten, Limburg, Netherlands. By internet, I was able to verify that Julius Helder property belonged to the 743th Tank Battalion and therefore participate in the great feat of arms (landing on the front line, pierced to Belgium, Battle of the Bulge in Stavelot – Malmedy). I would like to know more exactly the platoon of this company where it belonged and what was its functions during the transition near Stavelot and also its exact route during the war. You can answer me directly to this email “email@example.com”.
Thank you for your cooperation
My grandfather was in the 823 Tank Destroyer Battalion also. His name was Ottis Kenneth Blair, mostly known as “Buster.” He died around 1961. If you have pictures of the soldiers that you possibly could e-mail, even though it may be a long shot that he might be in them, I’d be so grateful. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
i’m looking abaut Roza Hirsch (Schnurmacher) Born at 1.1.1917 at Kiskunfelegyhaza in Hungry was since 13.11.1944 till 14.4.1945 in german camp Bergen-Belsen. she was found by the 9th US. Army in she train near the station Farsleben 16 klm. from Magdenburg.
Shalom, I’m looking for:
Levy Maurice 05.04.1935 Athen 14.04.44
Levy Humbert 26.11.1937 Athen 14.04.44
Salmona Lea 27.09.1933 Saloniki 14.04.44
All liberated at Farsleben, Germany, April 13th 1945.
Thanks a lot
Last year I began a research about my grandmother’s family. They were from Vilna Lithuania. I am looking for two daghters of a cousin. Her name was Sara Aron, Her two daughters Hana and Necha survive the Holocaust. When the war ended they remained in Bergen Belsen untile they went to live to Palestin in 1947. I don’t know their surname, but I had a picture that was taken in Bergen Belsen before they went to live to Palestin. They were born in 1931 and 1934. I was been translating letters that another cousin who survive sent to my grandmother in 1946.Yad Vashem and Maguen David Adom informed me that she died, I contacted his only son, but he doesn’t know nothing about his mother’s life before she went to live to Israel.
If someone can help me to find the list of the orphans who went to live to Palestine in 1947 I will apprecate very much this information. The two girls are the only family that knew my family in Vilna that could be alive.
My e-mail email@example.com, My name is Gabriela Jelen and I live in Buenos Aires – Argentina.
Matt: Perhaps this site will also be helpful to those looking for lost family. “Email Hillel Kuttler at – firstname.lastname@example.org – if you would like the help of “Seeking Kin” in searching for long-lost relatives and friends. Please include the principal facts and your contact information in a brief (one-paragraph) email.” (JTA once known as “Jewish Telegraphic Agency”) Debbie Silverstein
My father, Eddie Connelly, a combat veteran in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, is now gone. He didn’t talk about his war experiences but he did mention that he assisted in the rehabilitation of Bergen Belsen. All documents of his service were lost in a flood but I would like to know if anyone remember him. His FULL name was Eddie Connelly from Rich Hill Missouri and was probably a first sergeant at the time. Thank you. I look forward to your reply.
Matt, Are you related to my old friend and classmate Tony Rozell from Dunwoodie Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y. ? If so please give him my regards. Thanks. Dick Murphy Beacon, N.Y.12508 and member of the Wappingers Congress of Teachers (retired)