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יד ושם And These are Their Names... Identifying the Death March Victims Buried in a Mass Grave in Poland

Marc Weill

Auschwitz no. 173913F

Aerial photograph taken by the US Air Force of the IG Farben synthetic rubber and petrol factory complex, Buna-Monowitz, 26th June 1944. Buna-Monowitz – Auschwitz III A group of prisoners in the Drancy transit camp, guarded by a French policeman. Jewish women in their barracks in Drancy, 3rd December 1942. Jewish men in Drancy queuing for disinfection, 3rd December 1942.
Jews in the men's living quarters in Drancy, 3rd December 1942. Deportation of the Jews of Marseille by French and German police, 21st January 1943, Gare D´arenc, Marseille, France. Deportation of the Jews of Marseille by French and German police, 21st January 1943, Gare D´arenc, Marseille, France. Deportation of the Jews of Marseille by French and German police, 21st January 1943, Gare D´arenc, Marseille, France.

Marc Weill was born on the 7th of October 1907 in the town Mourmelon le Grand in the Champagne region of the Marne department in France. It appears that he had a younger brother called Simon born in 1909. Weill, a builder, lived in Mourmelon le Grand and does not seem to have been a French citizen.

On the 19th of January 1944 Weill was arrested and deported from Chalons, the city nearest to Mourmelon le Grand, to the transit camp Drancy. His camp number was 13123.
On the 19th of February 1944 Weill was sent on transport no. 68 from Drancy to Auschwitz-Birkenau. On the 12th of February, on arrival at Auschwitz, he passed the selection, received the number 173913F and became an inmate of the camp.
On the 16th of June 1944 he was transferred to Buna-Monowitz labor camp – Auschwitz III and about a month later, on the 17th of July, was transferred to Libiąż, a sub-camp of Auschwitz.

Simon Weill, a carpenter, was deported on an RSHA transport no. 73 from Drancy transit camp to Kovno in Lithuania or to Reval in Estonia. The transport contained 878 Jewish men. In 1945 there were 16 survivors from this transport.

The Transport
Transport no. 68

an RSHA transport no. 68 departed Drancy transit camp on the 10th of February 1944 and arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau on the 12th of February 1944. The transport contained 1,500 Jews; 674 men, 814 women and 14 whose gender was not recorded, among them were 279 children under the age of 18, some just a few months old.

On arrival at the camp they underwent a selection. 210 men received the numbers 173708 – 173917 and 61 women received the numbers 75340 – 75400. The remainder, 1,229 people, were murdered immediately in the gas chambers.

In 1945 there were 42 survivors from this transport - 24 women and 18 men.


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