The International Institute for Holocaust Research
We are now at the train station. A sympathetic railway worker has allowed me to send the following lines [to you]. My last wish is: take care of the children and of Mother.
We have been cruelly punished and are suffering enormously, but we don’t even know for what reason.
Farewell. I am not even able to say: until we meet again.
From the bottom of my heart,
In a few minutes from now we shall pull out of the train station and set off toward infinity. Take care of Mother. My husband and I have been given the chance to remain, because we are workers, but our young son has to go and we don’t want him to go on his final journey alone [so] we are going together to our deaths.
We have come to terms with our fate.
Our hair has turned white overnight; pray to god to save you from this thing that has happened to us.
This is the final message from us …
Yad Vashem Transport Project: Rationale and Terminology
Since 2007 the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem has been studying the transports as an extensive phenomenon that transcended individual states, rather than in the context of a study of the Holocaust in a specific country or a single community. The transports are being studied as an historic event, one that is significant in its own right and not as a merely a technical stage during which Jews were transported from one place to another. Indeed, the transports were of considerable value in translating the grim theory of the “Final Solution of the Jewish Problem” into reality and the ability to spread its tentacles to the very edges of the Third Reich’s areas of control.
The resulting database will reconstruct all the transports that took place during the Holocaust from territories of the Third Reich, from countries under German occupation, from the Axis states and from the satellite states. The database has been constructed from a wide variety of current documents, research, legal material, survivors’ testimonies and memoirs.
The Holocaust Deportations Database Project is made possible through the generous support of:
Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français
The Estate of Isaac Jacques Cohen of France, Survivor from Thessaloniki
The Samson Foundation