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Reports of immediate postwar contemporary witness reports for research

When Max Galassky wrote the following sentence in April 1950: “I cannot write anything interesting about the C. Camp that is not known already, because I do not want to remember it any longer,” only five years had elapsed since the end of the war. After the Jewish man with Lithuanian roots had survived the Kovno ghetto and Dachau Concentration Camp, he was liberated by the U.S. military. Like some 7,000 other Displaced Persons (DPs) or their representatives, Galassky had received a questionnaire from the ITS asking him about his knowledge about specific camps and ghettos or the death marches in order to advance the ITS’s efforts at that time in compiling a register of places of persecution and forced labor and to support a project concerning the death marches. More than 1,000 replies from survivors or organizations had reached the ITS by 1952.

(, ITS Digital Archive, Bad Arolsen)