Abe L. Plotkin Collection Guide

Abe L. Plotkin Collection

Collection Guide


Materials from Abe L. Plotkin's United States Army experience in Germany during the last weeks of World War II and the ensuing months, including photographs taken of the Ohrdruf concentration camp and of Holocaust survivors (displaced persons), as well as correspondence to and from Plotkin as the war was ending and after liberation of the camps. The collection also includes materials related to Plotkin’s volunteer work as a Holocaust educator and some material from his involvement with Allied Services, a rehabilitation hospital.
Abe L. Plotkin
Abe L. Plotkin
Date Range
1940s - 1990s
1.5 cubic feet, 2 boxes

Access and Use

Digital Access

All materials in Series I (World War II Era) of this collection have been digitized and are publicly available online.

Physical Access

Physical materials may be browsed by appointment in the Reading Room of the University Archives and McHugh Special Collections.


Digitized images may be used with attribution for educational purposes. For all other uses, contact the McHugh Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Item Title], [Date], [Box], [Folder], Abe L. Plotkin Collection, McHugh Special Collections, The University of Scranton. [Reference URL for digital items]


Administrative/Biographical History

See biographical sketch of Abe Plotkin.

Scope and Content Note

The Abe Plotkin Collection contains material from the donor's United States Army experience in Germany during the last weeks of World War II and the ensuing months. This material is primarily a small collection of photographs taken of the Ohrdruf Concentration camp and of Holocaust survivors (displaced persons), and a collection of correspondence to and from Plotkin concerning his experiences as the war was ending. After liberation of the camps, Plotkin became involved with concentration camp survivors and attempted to provide aid and assistance to them. There are 42 photographs and 42 items of correspondence. Some of the material, while still related to the Holocaust, dates from the 1990s.

The majority of the collection, approximately 1.5 cubic feet, contains Plotkin's Holocaust awareness teaching materials from the 1980s - 1990s. Mr. Plotkin was actively involved in teaching about the Holocaust and tolerance to elementary school, high school, and college students. Included in the collection are materials that he used in class in the form of mounted photographs, posters, and other visual aids as well as training materials that he acquired from various Holocaust teaching seminars.

After the war, Plotkin returned to Scranton where he worked in the shoe business. He was also involved in the number of social service organizations including the Easter Seals (serving as president 1957-1960) and Allied Services for the Handicapped. There is a limited amount of material related to these organizations. There are three folders of material on Allied Services covering the period 1957 - 1961. There are six folders of material on the Easter Seals covering the period 1957 - 1997. Both sets of material contain correspondence, board minutes, program materials, and other documents.

System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 5 series.


Series I. World War II Era -- 1945-46 (1994)

Folder 1. WWII Correspondence

All items in this folder have been digitized and are publicly available online.

Folder 2. WWII Photographs

All items in this folder have been digitized and are publicly available online.

Series II. Holocaust Education --1980s-1990s

  • Folder 3. Holocaust Education Task Force 1993-94
  • Folder 4. Holocaust Education Task Force 1999
  • Folder 5. Shippensburg Holocaust Curriculum Conference 1993
  • Folder 6. Shippensburg Holocaust Curriculum Conference 1994
  • Folder 7. Holocaust Workshop - Shippensburg 18 July 1995
  • Folder 8. Shippensburg Holocaust Curriculum Conference 1996
  • Folder 9. Holocaust Workshop Shippensburg 25 July 1997
  • Folder 10. Teaching About The Holocaust 1980
  • Folder 11. Days of Remembrance 1992 and 1993 Lesson Plans
  • Folder 12. Holocaust and Genocide Curriculum Guide K-8
  • Folder 13. Holocaust and Genocide - Unit 1
  • Folder 14. Holocaust and Genocide - Unit 2
  • Folder 15. Holocaust and Genocide - Unit 3
  • Folder 16. Reading and Activity Exercise 1994
  • Folder 17. Student Letters 1994 and 1996
  • Folder 18. Holocaust Course Approval
  • Folder 19. Teaching About the Holocaust - Scranton 20 April 1988
  • Folder 20. Course Curriculum High School and College 1992 and 1994
  • Folder 21. Marywood High School Holocaust Symposium 1994
  • Folder 22. Marywood High School Holocaust Symposium 1995
  • Folder 23. University of Scranton 1995 Intercession Holocaust Course Notes
  • Folder 24. Holocaust Museum
  • Folder 25. Holocaust Museum Artifact Photos
  • Folder 26. Holocaust Museum Teaching Guidelines and Bibliography
  • Folder 27. Teaching the Holocaust Through Literature & Film
  • Folder 28. Holocaust Ed and Hate Crimes Newspaper Article
  • Folder 29. Holocaust Education in Germany 1993
  • Folder 30. Rebecca G. Aupperle Journal July 1995
  • Folder 31. Elie Wiesel Address to Liberators Conference 1981
  • Folder 32. Days of Remembrance of The Victims of The Holocaust - John C. Danforth 1979
  • Folder 33. Remember The Children Project
  • Folder 34. Bibliographies
  • Folder 35. Classroom A
  • Folder 36. Fact Finding Protection Against Extremism 1993 ADL
  • Folder 37. Dutch and Finnish Holocaust History Correspondence 1986-87
  • Folder 38. Biographical Material
  • Folder 39. Miscellaneous Items

Series III. Easter Seals -- 1941-1997

  • Folder 39. Easter Seals 1941-1960
  • Folder 40. Easter Seals 1961-1965
  • Folder 41. Easter Seals 1968-1978
  • Folder 42. Easter Seals 1979-1989
  • Folder 43. Easter Seals 1990-1997
  • Folder 44. Easter Seals 1995 Articles of Incorporation and June 1995 Board Meeting
  • Folder 45. Easter Seals 1988 Salute to Gov. Casey

Series IV. Allied Services for the Handicapped -- 1957-1960

  • Folder 45. Allied Services 1958-
  • Folder 46. Allied Services 1959-
  • Folder 47. Allied Services 1958-

Series V. Artifacts

  • Ersatz Boots - Boots made from wood, burlap, and leather found in a plant in Saarbrucken

Acquisition Information

Donated by Abe L. Plotkin '35 in 2001

Processing Notes


Materials from Series I of this collection were digitized in-house in August 2008 using an Epson Expression 10000 XL flatbed scanner. Photographs and correspondence were scanned in TIFF format at 300 DPI and 24-bit color.


Searchable text is from transcriptions prepared by Library staff.


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