Maurice Poliborsky, a resident of Newton, recently passed away and left the personal belongings in his home to JBBBS. There was a safe hidden in Maurice’s basement with letters, artifacts, and photos of him in concentration camps. It appears that during his lifetime, Maurice chose not to share with others that he was a Holocaust survivor, but it is now time to share his story.
Laura Jockusch, Brandeis University Albert Abramson Assistant Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University reviewed his artifacts and helped us understand Maurice’s story:
“Maurice was from Poland and survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald where he was liberated, lost his whole family in the Holocaust, and came to the US (where he had cousins) via Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden, and became a US citizen in 1952. Most notably, Maurice was among the “Buchenwald Children,” the 400 or so children and youth (among them was Elie Wiesel) who were cared for and kept alive by other prisoners in the last weeks of the war and then liberated by the US Army on April 11, 1945.”
Included in the archive is poetry Maurice wrote as a 17-year old, in German, about his survival.
We are deeply touched that Maurice entrusted JBBBS with his experiences and feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to share his story with others through the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHM). Kimberlee personally will be delivering Maurice’s photos and letters to the curator of the USHM in January.