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Yad Vashem The Story of the Jewish Community of Bălţi, Romania (today Moldova)

Bălţi During the Holocaust

"The Death Trap" – Transnistria

Artifacts

Small box containing a self portrait photograph made by Ben Zion Aberbuch at the Vapniarka CampSmall box containing a self portrait photograph made by Ben Zion Aberbuch at the Vapniarka Camp
Pendant made by Ben Zion Aberbuch at the Vapniarka CampPendant made by Ben Zion Aberbuch at the Vapniarka Camp
Group photo of the prisoners at the Vapniarka Camp, 1940Group photo of the prisoners at the Vapniarka Camp, 1940
Model of the Vapniarka Camp made by Izo Finero, who was imprisoned in the camp. Finero was sent to the Râbniţa prison, where he was murdered on the night of 19 March 1944Model of the Vapniarka Camp made by Izo Finero, who was imprisoned in the camp. Finero was sent to the Râbniţa prison, where he was murdered on the night of 19 March 1944

Box made by Ben Zion Aberbuch in the Vapniarka Camp and given to his girlfriend Rosa David

A small metal box, bearing the letters R.D., the initials of Rosa David, the girlfriend of Ben Zion Aberbuch. Inside the box was a small photograph of Ben Zion Aberbuch.

Yad Vashem Museums Division, Artifacts Collection



Pendant made by Ben Zion Aberbuch in the Vapniarka Camp

A pendant made by Ben Zion Aberbuch for his girlfriend Rosa David on the occasion of her birthday. He smuggled his way out of the Râbniţa Camp to Vapniarka. He also made her a small metal box.

Yad Vashem Museums Division, Artifacts Collection



Aberbuch was born in Bălţi in 1921. He was deported to Vapniarka with his girlfriend, Rosa, and then sent to the Râbniţa Prison. He and 50 other prisoners were murdered by the SS a short while after he made the pendant and the box, on the night between 19-20 March 1943.

Rosa David (today Meir) survived, and donated the box and the pendant to Yad Vashem in 1998.

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Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany works to secure compensation and restitution for survivors of the Holocaust.

Since 1951, the Claims Conference - working in partnership with the State of Israel - has negotiated for and distributed payments from Germany, Austria, other governments, and certain industry; recovered unclaimed German Jewish property; and funded programs to assist the neediest Jewish victims of Nazism.