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About Abe L. Plotkin

 

Abe L. Plotkin (1913-2007) was a 1935 graduate of St. Thomas College (now the University of Scranton). He served as a cryptographer with the 284th Field Artillery attached to the United States Third Army during World War II and was awarded four battle stars for his service. As the war was winding down, he witnessed the liberation of the Ohrdruf concentration camp, the first camp liberated by American soldiers. Plotkin photographed parts of the camp and the condition of camp inmates. Later, Plotkin disregarded the Army’s non-fraternization rule and visited Camp Frainam, a displaced persons camp on the outskirts of Munich. He became a liaison between the displaced persons and their relatives and friends in the outside world, helping families to reestablish contact as well as arranging for extra clothing and supplies to be collected and sent to displaced persons. After temporarily serving with the military police, Plotkin returned to the United States.

 

In Scranton, Plotkin built a successful career in the shoe business but remained active in a wide variety of community service organizations. He continued to speak regularly about the Holocaust and the need for religious and ethnic tolerance to grammar, high school, and college classes as well as to civic organizations. Plotkin died in January 2007.

 

About the Plotkin Collection

 

This digital collection contains material from Abe L. Plotkin’s United States Army experience in Germany during the last weeks of World War II and the ensuing months. The material includes photographs taken of the Ohrdruf concentration camp and of Holocaust survivors (displaced persons), as well as correspondence to and from Plotkin concerning his experiences as the war was ending and after liberation of the camps.

 

Only the first series of the Abe L. Plotkin Collection, containing World War II era materials, has been digitized and made available online. The remaining three series of the Plotkin collection, describing Plotkin’s community service upon his return to the United States, can be viewed by appointment at the University of Scranton Weinberg Memorial Library’s Special Collections and University Archives.

Digitization

 

This collection was digitized by the University of Scranton in August 2008 using an Epson Expression 10000L flatbed scanner. Photographs and correspondence were scanned in TIFF format at 300 DPI and 48-bit color. The master archival image were converted to JPEG2000 format for loading into CONTENTdm software.

 

For information about the digitization of the Abe L. Plotkin Collection, contact the Digital Services department of the University of Scranton Weinberg Memorial Library at digitalcollections@scranton.edu.

Reproductions and Image Use

 

If you would like to request a reproduction of a digital image or would like to use an image from the Plotkin Collection, please contact the University of Scranton Weinberg Memorial Library’s Special Collections and University Archives at 570-941-6341 for permission.

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