Guide to the Alexander Donat Warsaw Ghetto Articles and Photographs
undated, 1963

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Creator: Donat, Alexander
Title: Alexander Donat Warsaw Ghetto articles and photographs
Dates: undated, 1963
Size: 1 folder
Abstract:Alexander Donat was born in Warsaw in 1905, where he was the publisher and editor of a daily newspaper. After the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto, he was sent to four different concentration camps. After the war, he was reunited with his wife and son and they relocated to New York, where he also became a publisher and wrote his memoir "The Holocaust Kingdom." The collection contains 14 black and white photographs of the Ghetto, along with two articles written by Donat.
Languages:Materials are in English.
Call No: 2000.023

About This Guide

Finding aid encoded August, 2009

Finding aid encoded in English.

Biographical Note

Alexander Donat was born in Warsaw in 1905, where he became the publisher and editor of the Polish daily Ostatnie Wiadomosci (Latest News) before the war, and he was deported to Maidanek after the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto. He then was sent to four different concentration camps, while his wife Lena was sent to Auschwitz and Ravensbruck. They both survived the war, along with their son, who they had sent to live with a Polish family. Donat and his family resettled in New York, where he started a printing business and, in 1965, published his memoir "The Holocaust Kingdom." In 1977, he established the Holocaust Library, a non-profit organization that promoted the publication of books on the experiences of Jews in Europe during World War II. Donat died in 1983.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains 14 black and white undated photographs of the Warsaw Ghetto, several of which are of unidentified individuals, while the majority depict buildings and rubble. Also included are two articles written by Alexander Donat, one entitled "Our Last Days in the Warsaw Ghetto," which was published in Commentary magazine in May 1963, and one entitled "Armageddon: Twenty Years After the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising," which was published in Dissent magazing in Spring 1963. The former was adapted from a section of Donat's memoir, first published in its entirety in 1965.

Index Terms

This collection has been indexed under the following terms:

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives
Jews -- Poland
Warsaw (Poland) -- History -- Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 1943
Document Types:

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