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Markkleeberg Prisoners List

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This database contains the names of mainly Hungarian Jewish women and 250 French political prisoners transported to the camp in Markkleeberg.  Markkleeberg was initially a subcamp of the Ravensbrück concentration camp and later of Buchenwald sub-camp which used women forced laborers to manufacture airplane parts for Junkers.

The ages of the women ranged from thirteen to forty nine.  The date of birth is not always accurate, as the registering Jewish women made the older ones younger and the young ones older, in order to have them “fit for work” rather than the gas chamber.  The youngest listed on the transport list were fifteen-years-olds.

Among the professions for the girls and women, many were registered as seamstresses and tailors; but there were also hairdressers, teachers, pharmacists, nurses, clerks, photographers, students, and workers. Professions given were not always exact.  Expecting better treatment, inmates declared the types of skills they thought would be desirable.

Some of the names are not accurate.  Believing that they could stay together, women changed their names.


This database includes 1,424 records of women transported to Mekkleeberg. 

The fields for this database are as follows:

  • Surname
  • Given Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Profession (See for JewishGen’s list of translated occupations from German to English)
  • Nationality (See Note A for translations)
  • Markkleeberg Prisoner Number
  • Prior Camp Prisoner Number
Note A: Nationalities
      Frankreich     French
Polen Polish
Russland Russian
Ungarn Hungarian


The list and the information above can be found in Zahava Szász Stessel: Snow Flowers: Hungarian Jewish Women in an Airplane Factory, Markkleeberg, Germany. Published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009. Pages 334-363 (Appendix A, Markkleeberg Prisoners’ List). It is available to JewishGen’s Holocaust Database thanks to the efforts of Dr. Stessel and Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

In addition, thanks to JewishGen, Inc. for providing the website and database expertise to make this database accessible, especially to Nolan Altman, VP Data Acquisition and coordinator of Holocaust files.

Nolan Altman
Dec 2015

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