Bergen-Belsen Ledger Allowing Holocaust Survivors To Remarry To Be Auctioned

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Detail of a page from the Bergen-Belsen ledger to help prevent chained spouses after the Holocaust (Courtesy of Kedem auction house)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A ledger listing eye-witness accounts of the deaths of Jews in Nazi camps was kept at Bergen Belsen in order to allow their surviving spouses to remarry.

The Bergen-Belsen rabbinical court collected the testimonies at the end of World War II and lists deaths in Nazi camps including Auschwitz, Treblinka and Bergen-Belsen.

It will go on sale next week at the Kedem auction house in Jerusalem at an opening price of $4,000.

The ledger, which has more than 100 pages, was compiled so that women and men would not become agunot and agunim, or chained spouses and would be free to remarry.

The list was kept in a German technical notebook. Each page included a testimony signed by witnesses and then a signed marriage permit for a remarriage, and is signed by known rabbis of the day.

The testimonies included information on selections for the gas chambers, the liquidation of ghettos and death marches, gas chambers, and the crematorium and shootings.

“It is a unique document that represents the important and great efforts in observing the law of releasing Agunot throughout history, as well as a symbol of the people who survived the most difficult inferno and moved on with all their might, ” Meron Eren, owner of Kedem auction house, said in a statement.

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2 COMMENTS

    • And here we see the difference between a normal human being and GoldnMedina.

      A normal human being would see this and be impressed (as is the Facebook poster who commented here). Mi K’Amcha Yisroel – who is like Your people, Yisroel? After having survived the horrors of the Holocaust, they’re not just going to withdraw from the world and wallow in self-pity; they want to establish new families and create new links in the golden chain of Jewish continuity, and at the same time they want to make sure that this is done k’das Moshe v’Yisroel, following halachah. Mi K’Amcha Yisroel, whose rabbanim spend countless hours listening to these heart-rending testimonies and analyzing the relevant halachos!

      Then along comes GoldnMedina. GoldnMedina, the Holocaust denier. GoldnMedina, the one who looks forward to killing his political opponents. And he dismisses the whole thing with one word: “Bizarre.” Yes, GoldnMedina, you are truly a bizarre specimen.

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