Re: Arenberg Jona (and) or Joana, Drancy, Auschwitz
- From: eve.line.blum@xxxxxxxxx (Eve Line Blum)
- Date: 14 Apr 2007 07:38:31 -0700
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You asked where you might find more information about Jona (and) or Joana ARENBERG either before, during or after their internment.
First of all, there was obviously a problem concerning the documents you found on the site of the Memorial de la Shoah : as it's often the case, the various documents were mixed and the two documents you found concern the same person, one being the complement of the other one. The person who wrote the receipt #5070 wrote
Joana instead of Jona, or maybe the one who entered the name Jona forgot the "a". At that time, in Drancy, the people who wrote the cards tried to write what they heard, and quite a lot of names and surnames were written as they could.
In the list of the Jews deported from France, there is only one ARENBERG, first name Jona. Before the internment in Drancy : only relatives of the deportees can tell about their life before the internment in Drancy and to the best of my knowledge, there is no records about their personal history.
During their internment in Drancy, the life was the same for all : they were in Drancy as a prison, eating and sleeping in very bad conditions. Suddenly, one morning, they had to get up quickly and after the names had been checked up, they were sent by train to Auschwitz.
After their internment in Drancy, they were sent to Auschwitz. At their arrival, as
you certainly know, the strongest of them (able to work) entered te camp and had a number tattooed on their arm. The weakest of them (children, women, elderly, ill persons, etc.) didn't even enter the camp and were immediately sent to the gas chambers. These latters having never been registered, they remain quite unknown for
ever and the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau doensn't know more than what was written on the French lists before the departure.
Now, there are currently three and only three ARENBERG living in France. This name being so rare, they are probably (not sure) related to Jona ARENBERG. I suggest you
write them and ask them questions about Jona.
Eve Line Blum-Cherchevsky
Cercle de Genealogie Juive (International JGS in Paris)
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