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Jewish Medical Personnel Who Survived Maidanek Sought As Witnesses

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Jewish medical personnel who survived Maidanek concentration camp, are being sought by the World Jewish Congress here in connection with an investigation of Nazi crimes, now being carried out by the West German authorities.

During the massacre of 42,000 Jews in the city and district of Lublin in November, 1943, the inmates of two Jewish labor camps were taken out and shot to death near Maidanek. The camps were the Deutsche Ausruestungswerke (munition plant) on Lipowa Street, and the barracks at the airport. Simultaneously, smaller Jewish labor groups were also wiped out in the same way. They had been employed by a number of Nazi units at Lublin – by the local S. S. Administration and by the S. S. Hospital.

According to available evidence, four Jews among those taken to Maidanek were returned to the S. S. Hospital, from which they managed to escape. One of them was a male nurse called Vogelgarn. There is also evidence to the fact that several Jewish medical specialists were spared at the same time, in order to perform an operation. They, too, may have been able to flee Maidanek. Anyone who has any information concerning the fate of any of the Jewish doctors at Maidanek, or has any other pertinent information, is requested to contact the World Jewish Congress office here with this information.

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