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February 09, 1990 - Image 31

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-02-09

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THE STATE
OF
THE
ARTS

Jews, they would have killed

it

(

Meed, himself a survivor of
the Warsaw Ghetto who now
lives in New York, appreci-
ates "the historical impor-
tance of `papieren,'
(papers)." He summed up his
objective: "I would like to
leave the complete documen-
tation of every survivo?.
Now is the last time. This is
my life's gift." For Meed, in
short, this is what he calls
his "holy" responsibility.
In the introduction, the
Registry points out that it
"documents our lives and
our journey from the world
of darkness." The book will
be distributed to major
public libraries, Jewish
community centers, muse-
ums worldwide, universities,
and Holocaust remembrance
institutions. It will never be
marketed commercially.
It already has become a
vital source of information
for historians. Indeed,
several Ph.D. theses have
been prepared in the past
few years with the
assistance of the collected
documents in New York.
In order to insure privacy,
the book does not include the
addresses of the survivors.
Instead, it cites their names,
both before and after the
Holocaust; many changed
their names upon arriving in
America. It also includes
any "-Aryan" names they
may have used while hiding
during the war — as well as
maiden names.
Thus, Benjamin Meed was
born in Warsaw as Benjamin
Miedzyrzecki and hid during
the war under the name
Czeslaw Pankewicz.

In addition, the Registry
includes the survivors' place
of birth and their residence
during the war, whether in
concentration camps or
ghettos.

All of the names are in the
exact same type size. We
learn, for example, that Elie
Wiesel, the Nobel Prize
winner, was born Eliezer
Wiesel in Sighet. During the
war, he was in Auschwitz,
Buchenwald and Buna.

Holocaust survivors and
their children can obtain the
required questionnaires by
writing to the American
Gathering/Federation of
Jewish Holocaust Survivors,
122 West 30th Street, Suite
205, New York, New York
10001. "Don't delay," Meed
appealed. ❑

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