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Yad Vashem*    
Searching for Names at Yad Vashem*    
Information on Holocaust Survivors*    
Further Reading*   further reading suggestions on the Holocaust*   

An estimated 6 million Jews and many gypsies, homosexuals and disabled people were killed in the *Holocaust. Families who had previously emigrated to the United Kingdom had relatives in central and eastern Europe who were killed. Some of those in danger were fortunate to be given refugee status in Britain.

There are many research institutes and a profusion of published material is available in central and eastern Europe; however, few institutions are organised for genealogical research:

German Reich 'Fremdenpass' of Grete Rudkin, 19 April 1939
A photograph of the nine-year-old Grete Glauber in the 'Fremdenpass' or alien passport issued by the German Third Reich which allowed her to migrate from Austria to England in 1939 as one of the 'Kindertransport' children.
* Moving Here catalogue reference (JML) 1993.74.10a
  • There are not many general indexes
  • Much of the relevant published material is not in English
  • Very little research has been done, to date, on names of Holocaust victims in Eastern Europe
While You Are In England: Helpful Information and Guidance for Every Refugee
A detail from the booklet 'While You Are in England: Helpful Information and Guidance for Every Refugee' which was issued in the years before the Second World War.
* Moving Here catalogue reference (JML) 1988.488

*Yad Vashem*top of page

Yad Vashem (Jerusalem) is the major repository of information about the Holocaust and it has a:
Research institute (*www.yadvashem.org/research_publications/index_publication)
Hall of Names

The library of 100,000 volumes includes over 1,200 *yizkor books (see below), and the archives contain primary source material, including many testimonies from survivors.

The Hall of Names houses the Pages of Testimony (filled out by relatives of Holocaust victims), which is a manuscript collection of information about the victims. There are several million Pages of Testimony and each page contains:

  • Names of parents
  • Spouse and children
  • Birth and death dates and places
  • Name, address and relationship of person submitting
Yad Vashem's address is:

The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority
P.O. Box 3477
91034 Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 6443400
Web site: *www.yadvashem.org
To search for names: *www.yadvashem.org/remembrance/temp_remembrance

*Searching for Names at Yad Vashem*top of page

Yad Vashem' s databank, containing information on approximately three million victims of the *Shoah, is not accessible on the internet. However, a large subset of it, containing information on over two million victims, is accessible on an Intranet browser application for visitors who come to the Hall of Names for short queries, or in the new Archives building for research. The use of the facilities is free of charge, but there is a small fee for the printing of copies. A member of the Hall of Names staff is available at all times to offer assistance and guidance with searches whenever necessary.

If it is not possible to visit Yad Vashem, it is possible to request a names search via email. In order to ensure accurate results, please supply as much specific or detailed information you know about the individuals you wish to research:

  • First and last names
  • Place of birth and/or permanent residence
  • Date of birth
Searches by last name alone cannot be carried out. Searches will be carried out on the computerised databank as well as on archival names collections. As a general rule, responses will be sent within two weeks. Search requests should be submitted to names.research@yadvashem.org.il

*Information on Holocaust Survivors*top of page

The 'Neue Synagogue' on Oranienburgerstrasse, Berlin
The largest synagogue in the world when completed in 1866, the 'Neue Synagogue' in Berlin was burnt on 'Kristallnacht', 9th of November 1938, and further destroyed by air raids in 1943.
* Moving Here catalogue reference (JML) 74.21
International Tracing Service (ITS), Große Allee 5-9, 34454 Arolsen, Germany was set up by the International Red Cross after the war and maintains 40-million index cards of victims and survivors. It is preferable to direct an inquiry through a local Red Cross branch that will redirect it. Yad Vashem has copies of some of these records on microfilm.

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington (opened 1993) has a library and archives of Holocaust research material, including documents recently microfilmed in the former Soviet block. They also have a co-operative agreement with Yad Vashem. The Museum can be contacted at:

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW
Washington, DC 20024-2150
Tel. (202) 488-0400
Web site: *www.ushmm.org

The Survivors Registry:

  • Seeks to include the names of all Holocaust survivors
  • Facilitates contact between survivors
  • Collects and displays basic information about survivors
  • Assists survivors and their families in their attempts to trace missing relatives
The address of the Registry of Holocaust Survivors is:

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2126
Email: registry@ushmm.org
Tel: (202) 488-6130

In the United Kingdom a copy of the Registry is kept at:

The Holocaust Centre
Beth Shalom
Notts NG22 0PA
Tel: +44 (0) 1623 836627
Fax. +44 (0) 1623 836647
Email: office@bethshalom.com

The Boys at Hostel Windermere, Westmorland
Part of the group known as 'The Boys' enjoying an entertainment in the hostel in Windermere, Westmorland (Cumbria). They were survivors of the Holocaust who were brought to Britain in 1945.
* Moving Here catalogue reference (JML) 1110.65

The Wiener Library is a major Holocaust Resource centre but concentrates on central and Western Europe and does not have much material on Eastern Europe. It is a research institution and cannot usually respond to enquiries. The address of the Institute of Contemporary History and Wiener Library is:

4 Devonshire Street
London W1N 2BH
Tel: 020 771 636 7247
Fax: 020 771 436 6428
Email: lib@wl.u-net.com

HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) has assisted more than 70,000 Holocaust families in the 1940's and 1950's, and maintains case files on these persons and will search for a $25 fee. The address of HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) is:

333 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001-5004
Tel: (212) 967-4100.
Email: info@hias.org.

*www.jewishgen.org has a Holocaust Global Registry page that provides a central place for:

  • Anyone searching Holocaust survivors
  • For survivors searching family members or friends
  • For child survivors searching clues to their identity
In conjunction with Yad Vashem, the Pages of Testimony can be found on the Jewishgen website.

The names of Shoah (Holocaust) victims in family trees are submitted at *www1.yadvashem.org.il/download/remembrance/english.pdf

Many concentration camps have archives and are able to respond to specific inquiries.

*Further Reading*top of page

Reading around your subject is almost as important as doing primary research and in no place is this truer than those who suffered during the Holocaust. With a good understanding of the political and social history that affected the lives of your ancestors during this time you will be better able to place your own research in context, and to find new avenues to explore. Our further reading suggestions on the Holocaust* are good places to start.

Creators: Dr Saul Issroff

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