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displaced persons, administrative, Jacov Baneth

This poster depicts the candidates of a United Zionist Bloc running for administrative positions in a Displaced Persons Camp in Leipheim, Germany. Among the candidates is Jacov Béla Baneth. Jacov was born in Ujpest, Hungary in 1914. In 1942 he married and had a daughter. He was interned in a forced labour camp until 1944, when the family secured permits to leave Hungary. They did not know where to go, and travelled without destination until they met up with US troops, who took them to the DP camp.

The family stayed in the camp for three years, where Jacov had quite a presence. His daughter Judy remembers him frequently distributing papers and coordinating events. He organized a soccer league with teams from nearby camps. He spoke Hungarian, German, English and Russian.

Jacov became an administrator, not just because of his knack for languages, but because he commanded respect from his peers. He was extremely proud of his Judaism and worked hard to get things done. Because of Jacov’s position, the family had the opportunity to migrate to the United States. Jacov, however, insisted that a Jew’s place was in Israel. He waited until Israel declared statehood in 1948 to move his family there.

Donated by Judy Solomon (nee Baneth)
M2003/035

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