Monday, July 27, 2009

JewishGen Holocaust Database Update - July 2009

Posted By Nolan Altman

JewishGen is pleased to announce its 2009 pre-Conference update to the JewishGen Holocaust Database. This update includes more than 93,000 new records. The JewishGen Holocaust Database holdings now exceed of 2 million records!

Since last year’s conference, we have added 26 new component databases and 5 necrologies to the greater JewishGen Holocaust Database. (When you perform your searches at the address above, you automatically search all of the component databases.) The JewishGen Holocaust Database now contains in excess of 160 component databases. A listing of each of the component databases with descriptions and links to each project’s introduction can be found by scrolling down the main search page address listed above.

The database continues to grow, thanks in large part to the partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Yad Vashem is another valuable source of information for us, especially for Yizkor book necrologies. In addition to these two institutions, we have begun receiving interesting original research by JewishGen users and academicians. We believe JewishGen is an ideal location for the “publishing” of these pieces.

All component databases have a project introduction. The introduction will give you further information about the historical background of the list, location of the original source document, fields used in the database, translation aides when applicable and acknowledgements to those that helped with data entry, validation and online preparation of the list.

Among the additions this year are the following component databases:
  • Miranda de Ebro Prisoners (Miranda de Ebro, Spain). This camp was central camp in Spain for foreign prisoners. - over 15,000 records.
  • Radom Prison Records (Radom, Poland). Jewish and non-Jewish records of prisoners held in the city’s prison from 1939 through 1944 – over 14,000 records.
  • 1942 Arad Census (Arad, Transylvania, Romania). The Arad census is unique for two reasons 1) there are no other Jewish censuses from other towns, and 2) most of the Jewish population in Arad fortunately survived, unlike the Jewish population of so many other Romanian towns – over 9,600 records.
  • Lublin Lists (Lublin, Poland). Two lists have been added, 1) Initial Registration of Lublin’s Jews in October 1939 and January 1940 and 2) Stettin (Szczecin) Jewish deportations into the Lublin area – over 7,600 records.
  • Lodz Ghetto Work Cards (Lodz, Poland). Information from the work identification cards for over 5,600 Lodz Ghetto residents. Additional installments to this database will be made as data is verified.
  • Riese and Gross Rosen Records (Riese / Gross Rosen, Germany / Poland). Data from 5 separate lists which include information on over 4,800 forced laborers and prisoner transports involving Riese, Gross Rosen, Auschwitz and Tannhausen camps.
  • French Hidden Children. A partial listing of over 4,000 children from the records of the Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants (OSE), a French Jewish humanitarian organization that saved hundreds of refugee children during WW II.
  • Cernăuţi, Romania / Chernivsti, Ukraine Lists. Close to 4,000 records from 61 different lists regarding residents of this town between 1940 and1943.
  • Polish Jewish Prisoners of War. Almost 3,000 records from the Jewish Historical Institute (JHI) in Warsaw of soldiers captured by the Germans and held at various Wehrmacht camps.
  • Yizkor Book Necrologies. More than 8,000 records from Pinsk and Shchuchyn in Belarus, Suwalki and Lublin in Poland and Konotop in the Ukraine.
To see all the added material, please visit the JewishGen Holocaust Database by clicking here

We would also like to extend our thanks to all of the volunteers who have assisted in making this data available to you. Their names are listed in the individual project introductions.

If you are interested in assisting data entry or have a database at you think would be appropriate for the JewishGen Holocaust Database, please contact me directly by clicking here.

1 comment:

  1. I went to the conference. I just found this posting and I hope that you get this. Footnote has all of it's Holocaust Records free until the end of the year! Please take advantage of them!

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