The identification card of Anny Horowitz, a French Jewish girl murdered in Auschwitz, 1940 [991x737]


Discovered this searching through French Children for the Holocaust . The card notes she was created on 3, 1933, in Strasbourg, and lived in Bordeaux june. She has hair that is blonde blue eyes, a rosy skin, and ...



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  • Found this looking through French Children of the Holocaust . The card notes she was born on June 3, 1933, in Strasbourg, and lived in Bordeaux. She has blonde hair, blue eyes, a rosy complexion, and is of average height, and her fingerprints and signature are included. Her family was deported from Drancy to Auschwitz on September 11th, 1942, where it is believed she was killed.
  • I love that complexion is a category they included.
  • Ive seen it on passports from non western countries (including my own). Keep in mind there isn't a color photograph attached to it. My old passport has a b/w photo and has various things like hair, skin and eye color listed.
  • Interesting. But complexion doesn't mean the same exact thing as skin color -- I guess that's what I find interesting. They don't say that Anny's white, but instead that she has a rosy complexion. Does your passport list your complexion or your skin color?
  • I think white would be understood since she is french -- I'm not sure that french colonial people were present in numbers there yet at the time. My old passport -- which is hilariously old enough to be posted here... -- has a b/w picture of me and then lists various identifying info thats not visible in the photo. Mine has skin color, hair, eyes, height and notes about a small visible scar. No complexion.
  • Gotcha, thanks. I wonder why American passports don't bother with listing identifying traits such as tattoos or scars.
  • I've looked up a few more of these cards from other areas of France in the same time period, for Jews and non-Jews, and 'teint' seems to be a pretty standard category, with answers including 'mat' (olive) and 'clair' (pale or light). My guess is that it would be a way of assigning a characteristic you could use to determine appearance (like eye color) rather than just assigning a race (which would've been a whole other can of worms), especially because photographs weren't in color.
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