William Herskovic papers

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • irn515675
  • 1991.211.3
  • 1995.A.0614
  • 2011.186.1
Level of Description
  • English
  • German
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Biographical History

William Herskovic (1914-2006) was born in Fišar (formerly Hungary, now Slovakia) and moved to Antwerp, Belgium, in 1929. His photography business was confiscated in 1942. He attempted to flee Europe with his wife and daughters, but they were caught in France and deported to Auschwitz via Drancy on convoy 32. His wife and daughters were murdered at Auschwitz, and Herskovic was sent to the Peiskretscham labor camp, an Auschwitz sub-camp. He escaped in December 1942 and survived the remainder of the war in Belgium under an assumed identity. After the war he married Mirele (Mireille, Maria) Maschkivitzan Anielewicz (b. 1923), the sister of his late wife and widow of Ezryl Anielewicz (1921-1945). They immigrated to the United States in 1957, subsequently settling in Los Angeles, where they established a photography business in Westwood.


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Maria Herskovic

Funding Note: The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

This collection was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by William Herskovic, Suzanne Ponder, and Maria Herskovic in 1991, 1995, and 2011.

System of Arrangement

The William Herskovic papers are arranged as a single series: I. William Herskovic papers, 1942-approximately 1995

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions on access



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