Selma Wienskowitz

I can’t be sure that I have found the right person here, but there were just over 600 Jews in Gleiwitz at the time the deportations got underway in 1942. I have searched many databases for women with this surname living in Gleiwitz at this time, and this is the only possibility that comes up.

Selma Wienskowitz, geb. Karliner was born in Stolbarzowitz on 8th March, 1879; her last known address was Bahnhofstrasse 25, Gleiwitz.

She seems to have been living with Hugo Wienskowitz, born 5th May 1873. He is listed as having died in May 1940, on a card from the Jüdisches Kultusvereinigung Gleiwitz. The card is housed at Arolsen Archives. Also at this address is Fanny Wienskowitz, who is on the deportation lists but not in Arolsen Archives, so I haven’t been able to find any further information about her.

Selma Wienskowitz, Deportation lists, historical and demographic materials, undated, 1982-1985, Gleiwitz (now Gliwice, Poland) Jewish Community Collection (AR 151), collated by Roger Lustig. The full set of names is online at the Center for Jewish History, NY,

Selma is listed as verschollen – which in this context translates as missing and presumed dead – since February 1943: sent from Gleiwitz to Auschwitz.

Yad Vashem has Selma listed for deportation on 20 May 1942, Item ID 11654975.

Bundesarchiv Memorial Book

name at birth Karliner 
born on the 08th March 1879 
in Stollarzowitz/Tarnowitz/Schlesien
residing in Gleiwitz 

DEPORTATIONfrom Gleiwitz
20th May 1942, Auschwitz, Konzentrations- und Vernichtungslager