EHRI Document Blog: Fajga Fajnzylber: Reconstructing Life Stories From Dispersed Sources

Monday, 13 March, 2017

A new EHRI Document Blog post  is out!

Serafima Velkovich is an archival researcher at Yad Vashem, and responds to requests for information on the Holocaust victims from Poland.

"I often strive to uncover previously unknown fragments of personal lives of the Holocaust victims and survivors from different archives, through such clues as a photograph, a date and place of birth, an address or names of family members. In the framework of the EHRI fellowship, I spent two weeks in the Jewish Historical Institute (Żydowski Instytut Historyczny, ŻIH) in Warsaw, researching Holocaust-related materials. I wanted to find out what documents from the ŻIH archives could be used in combination with Yad Vashem’s documents in order to reconstruct life stories of specific people. In particular, I hoped to locate documents containing personal information about victims of the Holocaust in order to provide richer account of their lives and fates during the Holocaust."

Read the full blog article here

Serafima Velkovich
Yad Vashem
EHRI fellow at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw