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The Adventures of a Stamp Collector in the Warsaw Ghetto: Franz Konrad’s Story
The Adventures of a Stamp Collector in the Warsaw Ghetto: Franz Konrad’s Story

Author(s): Katarzyna Person
Subject(s): History
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Centrum Badań nad Zagładą Żydów & IFiS PAN
Keywords: Franz Konrad; Warsaw ghetto; Operation Reinhardt; Nazi war criminals’ trials

Summary/Abstract: Franz Konrad, the head of the Werterfassung – and institution, which seized and secured the property the deported Jews left behind in the Warsaw ghetto – was one of the key figures in the ghetto after the Great Deportation Operation. Up to 4,000 ghetto inhabitants worked in the Werterfassung collecting, sorting and transporting looted property. Even though the institution was believed to be a workplace that offered relative security, almost all of its employees were deported in April 1943. The article, based on the ghetto inhabitants’ memoirs, stenographic records of Konrad’s trial and his testimonies given right after the war, records the role that he and the property confiscation played both in the everyday life of the ghetto as in the implementation of Operation Reinhardt.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 293-309
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English