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


Israel Alfred Glück (1921-2007)
The Death March, from the album My Holocaust
Bergen-Belsen DP Camp, 1945
Charcoal on paper
Collection of the Yad Vashem Art Museum, Jerusalem
Gift of Dr. Bohuslav Kratochvíl, courtesy of Dr. Kurt Passer, London

Born in Vienna in 1920. In 1938, with the annexation of Austria to Germany, he was sent by his parents to a pioneering Hachshara (Aliyah preparation) camp in Germany, whose members reached Denmark by means of a special agreement. With the intention of reaching Eretz Israel he surreptitiously boarded a train but was caught at the border between Germany and Switzerland.

He was sent to Auschwitz in May 1943 where he received the prisoner number 123201.

In January 1945 Glück joined the death march to Blechhammer, Gross Rosen and from there to Buchenwald. Following the liberation he reached the DP camp at Bergen Belsen and emigrated to Eretz Israel a few months later within the framework of the Aliyah Bet. He died in Israel in 2007.