Testimony of Nathan Ballon

This testimony was sent to the World Jewish Congress as part of a search to locate witnesses to war crimes committed in the Lida area, so that the perpetrators could be brought to trial in Germany.  The records of this search are now preserved at theJacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati OH in File C210, boxes 3, 4 & 5.  Translation by Irene Newhouse

On 22 Oct 1963, Nehemiah Robinson, of the World Jewish Congress wrote to Gerichtsassessor Messmer in Munich.  The letter includes a summary in German of the testimony of Nathan Ballon.  It's page 8 of box C210, file 3.

"Nathan BALLON was from Eisiskes.  With 300 others, he was locked into the movie theater in Voronovo.  According to his statement, almost all of them were murdered. (He was able to flee, and a family of three from Velinki was able to bribe themselves.  Mr. Ballon knows that the family lives in Israel, and the father's name.  He will obtain the address for us".

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