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Who was the collector?

Some of London’s Imperial War Museum’s collection have been given away – the remains of five adults and a child, murdered at Auschwitz, have been handed over and interred at the United Synagogue’s Bushey New Cemetery outside London. The IWM was given the remains in 1997, by a collector of items from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in south-eastern Poland. The IWM has a licence to hold human tissue, under the Human Tissue Act of 2004,

According to the IWM: “the donor did not provide detailed information about how they obtained the remains but stated that the remains came from Auschwitz-Birkenau, along with other items from their collection, which Auschwitz-Birkenau have confirmed originate from that site.”

But who was the collector, and how did they come to possess these remains?

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