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MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL IN SOBIBÓR. THE NAZI GERMAN EXTERMINATION CAMP (1942–1943)

28.01.2022

Repository of the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór

From Jaunary, 27, 2022 visitors can use a new computer lab with repositorium that includes documents, photographs, memoirs and data base of victims.

On April 9, 1943, a transport of Dutch Jews was sent to the German extermination camp in Sobibór. Among the 2020 people who died in the gas chambers that day was the multi-generational Willner family.

Friedrich, a butcher by profession, and his wife Betty lived in Amsterdam. The man was an active German soldier during World War I. In 1938, due to the boycott of Jewish stores proclaimed by the Third Reich, the family had to give up their jobs and emigrate. They found refuge with their daughter Joanna and her husband Salomon Muller. At the beginning of April 1943, Friedrich and his wife were taken to the transit camp in Westerbork, and from there, on April 6, to the German extermination camp in Sobibór.

The Willners' son-in-law Salomon Muller was the owner of a tobacco store. On May 18, 1943, Salomon and Joanna, together with their young children Fanny and Abraham, were deported to Sobibór. They died in the gas chamber.

The story presented above is one of many in the Museum's repository, which will be available to the public from January 27, 2022. The newly created computer laboratory is a place where one can get familiar with many materials related to the German extermination camp in Sobibór. The extensive database includes: names and surnames of victims, documents, pictures and multimedia related to SS-Sonderkommando Sobibór.

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