Blanca Borell collection

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 1999.A.0035
  • RG-19.058
1 Jan 1945 - 31 Dec 1947
Level of Description
  • English
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium




Biographical History

Blanca Borell (1920-2009) was born Blanca Schreiber on 6 May 1920 in Rajsko, Poland to Jacob Schreiber and Adela Finder. She had two sisters, Sonia (later Sonia Weitz) and Stella. She married Norbert Borer (b. 23 October 1913). In April 1940 Blanca was forced into the ghetto. In 1942 she was deported to the Płaszów concentration camp. She was transferred to Auschwitz in January 1945 and then Bergen-Belsen, Gusen, and Mauthausen. She was liberated from Mauthausen in May 1945 and later went to the Linz-Bindermichel displaced persons camp where she was reunited with her husband Norbert, who also survived Plaszów and Gusen, and later served as an Austrian representative for HIAS. They immigrated to the United States in 1948. Blanca’s sister Sonia also survived the Holocaust, but both of the sisters’ parents perished.

Archival History

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


The collection was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Blanca Borell in 1999.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of photographs depicting Blanca Borell and her husband Norbert Borell in the Linz-Bindermichel displaced persons camp 1945-1947. Photographs depict demonstration rallies by survivors of Gusen and Mauthausen, remembrance ceremonies in Gusen in May 1946, a soccer team in Bindermichel, and displaced persons en route to Canada with aid from HIAS. Includes a depiction of Simon Wiesenthal. Also includes a HIAS business card issued to Norbert Borer.

System of Arrangement

The collection is arranged as a single series.


Corporate Bodies



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.