Belarus Receives Copies of Deportation Orders of Austrian Jews Murdered in the Trostenets Concentration Camp

The following teaser is from the January 18, 2016 edition of belta.by:

View of the charred remains of Jewish victims burned in a barn by the Germans near the Maly Trostenets concentration camp.
View of the charred remains of Jewish victims burned in a barn by the Germans near the Maly Trostenets concentration camp.

MINSK, 18 January (BelTA) – Austrian historian Hubert Steiner gave Belarus the copies of the deportation orders from the Austrian State Archives containing the names of the Austrian Jews who were killed by the Nazis in the concentration camp Trostenets, BelTA learnt from the Embassy of Belarus in Austria.

Hubert Steiner’s visit to Minsk on 15-20 January has been organized by the Belarusian embassy in Austria. For many years the historian and referent of the Austrian State Archives has studied the deportation of Austrian Jews to the death camp Trostenets during the Second World War.

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From what I’ve read, 201,000 people were murdered at Trostenets – most shot in the back of the neck. And there are those who claim that there was no holocaust… Very disturbing.

Belarusians With Polish Ancestry May Have a Problem Getting Documents from the State Archives

The following teaser is from an article in the April 4, 2011 edition of telegraph.by. The English is a little off, but no nearly as bad as what we’d get if we had to use one of the online translation programs. Note that the site is a Belarus website (denoted by the .by).

Belarusians with Polish roots may encounter difficulties in obtaining certificates in their immediate family due to the fact that members of the State Archives have received a secret order to stop the issuance of such certificates. Some experts attribute this to the situation around the so-called “Polish Card.”

“Polish Card” is a document which allows the Belarusians with Polish roots to travel to Poland without a visa and get a job there, as well as some benefits.

In order to obtain “Polish Card,” Belarusian citizens must prove that their parents or grandparents were Polish. People need to contact the churches and the state archives for the related documents. Now it’s almost impossible to get the necessary information from the archives, “Belarusian partisans.”

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