Collection RC0583 - World War, 1939-1945, German Concentration Camps and Prisons collection

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World War, 1939-1945, German Concentration Camps and Prisons collection

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  • 1939-1945 (Creation)

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90 cm (1,963 items)

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Collection consists of items originating from prisoners held in German concentration camps, internment and transit camps, Gestapo prisons, and POW camps, during and just prior to World War II. Most of the collection consists of letters written or received by prisoners, but also includes receipts for parcels, money orders and personal effects; paper currency; and realia, including Star of David badges that Jews were forced to wear.

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Most of the collection was acquired from Michel Brisebois in 2008 (accessions 20-2008, 25-2008 and 39-2008); a small part was acquired from Mr. Brisebois in 2007. Mr. Brisebois assembled the collection from various sources over a period of many years.


The collection has been arranged into eight series:

  1. Concentration Camps Correspondence
  2. Additional Concentration Camps Documents
  3. Internment and Transit Camps Correspondence
  4. Gestapo Prisons Correspondence
  5. POW (Prisoner of War) Correspondence
  6. Receipts for Parcels, Money Orders and Personal Effects
  7. Paper Currency
  8. Realia

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Parts of the collection are also available online in McMaster's Digital Collections and to institutions with subscriptions to Gale Learning's Archives Unbound database.

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