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Holocaust Kedoshim Hannover Ahlem Concentration Camp

November 18th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Holocaust - Shoah Kedoshim, Hannover-Ahlem Concentration Camp - Hanover, Germany

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Ash remains of 334 Kedoshim

Date of Death: Sat. March 17, 1945 - Nissan 3 5705

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Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request.

Biographical Notes:

The ash remains of 344 Kedoshim who perished at Hannover-Ahlem  Concentration Camp were relocated to the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia.  The ashes were brought here by  Yechezkel Szcerkowski, whose son Shmuel HY”D was murdered on March 17, 1945 (3 Nisson, 5705). The infamous camp was located 5 miles west of Hannover, Germany and was liberated by the 84th Infantry Division on April 10, 1945. Among those who liberated the camp was Henry Kissinger and Vernon Tott dubbed “the Angel of Ahlem”.

Photo Caption: Survivors of the Hannover Ahlem Concentration Camp, Credit: The Documentary Institute

Credit: Bonaventure Cemetery

Credit: Bonaventure Cemetery

Tags: Georgia · Holocaust Kadoshim · Savannah, GA

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rivkah // Nov 27, 2009 at 6:08 am

    This is extrordinary. May I share this photo with others if I credit the Institute For Judaic Culture And History?

  • 2 YD Miller // Nov 27, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Why would someone bring over ashes, and how would they get a hold of this?

    Very intresting, any Georgians around?

  • 3 MBD // Nov 27, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    A better question what happened to the other two thirds of the ashes?

  • 4 Azi // Nov 29, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Maybe a relative of Shmuel ben Yechiel Cherkowsky (hy’d) brought the ashes over to the States.

  • 5 YaakovShalom // Nov 30, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I live in Savannah Ga. I took the picture. There is a small yet thriving community. a few frum families that have been here for close to 150 years.
    I asked around as of yet I dont know how it got here.


  • 6 History Tidbit // Mar 4, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Herschel Grynszpan was from Hanover.
    On November 7, 1938 Grynszpan entered the German Embassy in Paris and assassinated Ernst Eduard vom Rath. The assassination triggered Kristallnacht.
    Another tidbit the US Army gained control of Hanover on April 10, 1945

  • 7 History Tidbit // Mar 4, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I should add that the Nazi government had been planning a new level of violence against the Jews for some time and were only waiting for an appropriate pretext.
    May their names forever be eradicated.

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