Naming the Victims


While much of our recent efforts have been focused on the miracle of survival that occurred at HKP, the fact is that even at this seemingly bright spot in the midst of the Holocaust in Vilna, the vast majority perished. Even with the help of Plagge and some of his men, only 250 out of the original 1250 camp prisoners survived until liberation. Almost 90% of the camps 250 children were taken and killed by the SS during the infamous “Kinder Aktion” of March 27, 1944 and 750 of the remaining 1000 camp residents were killed by the SS during the final liquidation of the camp after the German retreat began on July 3, 1944.  Often whole families perished and as the last survivors from the camp begin to succumb to age,  the very existence of some of  the HKP victims is in danger of being lost forever.  Yad Vashem has begun a worldwide project to name and collect the stories of each victim of the Holocaust (see below). The HKP survivors and their families are currently working to collect the names of the 1000 or so innocents who perished at the HKP camp either during the Kinder Aktion of March 1944 or during the final liquidation of the camp from July 3, 1944 until liberation on July 13, 1944.

To see the list of known HKP prisoners and whether they are known to have survived or perished, please view this file:  HKP Prisoners Master.xls

Anyone who has information about the status of a HKP prisoner, please contact me:


The Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names is now online.

Join us and help ensure that every victim of the Shoah has a place in our collective memory.

For more information about the Central Database, click here. 


Kinder Aktion, drawing by Sam Bak 1947