Indersdorf Children's DP Centre photograph collection
Fonds / Archival Collection
Title NoteTitle provided by the archivist based on the location photographs were taken.
Extent & Medium45 print photographs (b&w)
Administrative/Biographical HistoryFraidie Martz was born in Montreal and trained as a psychiatric social worker. Fraidie spent years working as a psychiatric social worker and family therapist at Montreal's Jewish General Hospital and Allan Memorial Institute. In Vancouver, Fraidie led a community-based mental health clinic under the umbrella of Greater Vancouver Mental Health Services.
While studying in the McGill School of Social Work, Fraidie Martz met Greta Fischer, a woman who had worked helping to rehabilitate children at the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration's International Children's Centre outside of Dachau, from 1945 until 1947. Fraidie believed that Greta's work with the children and the principles that guided her should be an integral component of every class on child welfare.
It was Greta's work that inspired Fraidie Martz to write Open Your Hearts: The Story of the Jewish War Orphans in Canada (1996), as a record of the stories of not only the children but those in Europe and Canada who played significant roles in helping the children rebuild their lives. Fraidie also wrote a biography of John Hirsch, one of the first orphans to arrive in Canada, who became one of Canada's most illustrious theatre directors.
Fraidie Martz lives in Vancouver, BC, and has three daughters.
Scope & ContentThe collection consists of black and white photographs depicting 42 different children who had been placed in the Kloster Indersdorf Displaced Persons Camp as well as one photograph of a banner of Hitler hung on the outside of a building. The photos of the children were published in newspapers to facilitate reuniting them with their family and were taken by a United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) photographer. Included in collection are two news photographs of relief workers, including Greta Fischer, at the Kloster Indersdorf Displaced Persons Camp.
Archival HistoryAccessions 2008.004 and 1998.013. Photographs of the children and banner were originally in the possession of Greta Fischer, who gave them to Fraidie Martz.
Immediate Source of Acquisition or TransferPhotographs of the children and banner were donated to the VHEC by Fraidie Martz in 2008.
AccrualsNo further accruals are expected.
NoteTwo photographs of staff of the Indersdorf Children's DP Centre were likely obtained by the VHEC as part of the research for the exhibition, Open Hearts - Closed Doors. Photographs were added to the collection by the archivist.
System of ArrangementPhotos are arranged in alphabetical order by last name of child depicted.
RightsSee item-level descriptions for rights information. Rights to the photographs of children are managed by the United Nations, Archives and Records Management Division.
Rules or ConventionsISAD(G) informed by Rules for Archival Description.
Archivist's NoteDescription created in 2022 by Michaela Sawyer.
Date of Description2022