Bernard Block photograph collection

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2010.134.1
Level of Description
  • English
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium




Biographical History

Major Bernard Block, DDS, (1912-1951) was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Louis and Ethel Block. He married Dorothy Tauber (1913–1990) in 1937 and they had a daughter, Marian (1942-2011). Block’s family was Jewish and of German descent. He was part of a US Army unit that liberated concentration camps. He died at the age of 38 of a service-related illness. His family also lost relatives during the Holocaust.

Archival History

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Marian Rothbart

Marian Rothbart donated the Bernard Block photograph collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2010. Marian Rothbart is Bernard Blocks’s daughter. Major Bernard Block acquired the photographs while serving with the US Army during WWII.

Scope and Content

The Bernard Block photograph collection documents the Buchenwald and Ohrdruf concentration camps immediately following liberation. Images depict burial of victims, mass graves, and general scenes of the camps. The collection contains twenty photographs mounted with tape onto loose photo album pages, some with captions handwritten across the top in blue ink. The collection also includes an image of Major Bernard Block, DDS in his military uniform.

System of Arrangement

The Bernard Block photograph collection is arranged as a single file.



This description is derived directly from structured data provided to EHRI by a partner institution. This collection holding institution considers this description as an accurate reflection of the archival holdings to which it refers at the moment of data transfer.