Sunday, May 27, 2018

My Great-Great Uncle's Death Certificate--From Dachau

At the end of 2016, I discovered the fate of my great grandmother's brother, Mendel Fuchs; you can read the little I know of his life here.

A few weeks ago, I went to the Holocaust Museum in Washington.  The museum has access to an International Tracing Service (ITS) terminal, and I asked the wonderful person working there to look for records of several relatives.  And he found a record for Mendel.
Mendel Fuchs Death Record

Mendel Fuchs was issued a death certificate--in Dachau Concentration Camp!  The gentleman at the ITS terminal said he had not seem something like this before--although he has seen delayed records issued at the request of relatives, sometimes decades later.  There's not much new information here (other than the fact that it seems like Mendel's profession was baking sweets).  It confirms that he was born in 1900 in Dulfolvo (actually Dulfalva, today's Dulovo, Ukraine) and was living at 106 Rakocz Street in Huszt (today's Khust, Ukraine) when he was rounded up in August 1944.  Mendel was killed on November 16, 1944 in Dachau.

May his memory be for a blessing.  יהי זכרו ברוך.

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  1. Sad ending for Mendel but, as you mentioned in your earlier post, not entirely unexpected. May his memory be for a blessing and now his name and fate will be known and remembered because of your genealogy research.

  2. How lucky you were to find this info, Lara! In 2016, I posted at TtT's FB page that I had apparently found a record of my GGF's death in the "Polish and German Jewish Civil Death Certificates 1941 - 1945" database, via Jewishgen. The index doesn't give much info, and I really wanted to know *where* he's buried, as well as the name of his father. Unfortunately, the link at the database does not show how to view or order the record. I also tried to contact the person at J'Gen who wrote the foreward, which describes the database, but there was no reply.

    I even tried searching "Foundation for Documentation of Jewish Cemeteries in Poland" at , with no luck.

    It's a shame that "The Jewish List", described as "The preserved death charts of the Jewish people in the fonds 'Reich Statistical Office in Berlin' is not accessible on-line. This page, , describes the data base records.

  3. 15 Av and Rosh Hodesh Heshvan.

  4. These cards are not unusual. There are likely to be more records on Mendel, such as the transport he arrived on, which camp he came from, etc, therefore it's best to contact ITS directly, by filling out an online request form. The first date given is likely to be his arrival at Dachau. The second date is his death and the Dachau records often show cause of death.

  5. May his memory be for a blessing. יהי זכרו ברוך.