The Museum’s Campaign: Bernard Aptaker’s Enduring Legacy

A 1945 snapshot of Bernard Aptaker from his recovered photo album. —US Holocaust Memorial Museum
This record from the International Tracing Service archive, for which the Museum is the US repository, documents Bernard’s journey from Bremen, Germany, to the United States. The Museum has completed 28,000 ITS research requests from survivors and their families. —US Holocaust Memorial Museum

In His Own Words

In his 1996 testimony with the USC Shoah Foundation, which is available at the Museum, Bernard Aptaker started by saying, “I lived through this nightmare and survived, perhaps to tell this story.”

Building the Accessible Collection of Record

In 2007, Museum Curator Kyra Schuster received a large envelope from Alaska. Inside was an old photo album full of snapshots from the 1950s. The album also held something else: liberation photographs from Dachau. It also contained immigration documents and telegrams with a name on them — Berek Aptajker — along with a note saying the album had been found in a storage unit purchased by someone unrelated to the album. That conscientious person sent it to the Museum.

A page of postwar snapshots from Bernard Aptaker’s photo album. —US Holocaust Memorial Museum

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