Almost every Jewish genealogy researcher will - at some point in time - find that s/he had relatives caught up in the tragedy of the Holocaust.
It is easier today to find more information concerning those individuals as Holocaust databases grow with new record additions.
For example, the JewishGen Holocaust Database has been increased this year by 93,000 new records, bringing the total to more than two million records.
Since last year's conference in Chicago, additions to this database have included 26 new component databases (bringing the total to 160) and five necrologies. A search at the link above automatically searches all components. Scroll down at the link above and see notes for each component, with descriptions and links to the introduction.
Thanks to the partnership with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and Yad Vashem, the collection continues to grow. JewishGen users and academics are now also submitting original research.
Each component introduction provides more details about the historical background, location of the original document, data fields, translation helps and acknowledgements of those who helped in many ways.
This year's additions have included:
Miranda de Ebro Prisoners (Miranda de Ebro, Spain). The Spanish central camp for foreign prisoners - 15,000+ records.
Radom Prison Records (Radom, Poland). Jewish/non-Jewish records of prisoners (1939-1944) – 14,000+ records.
1942 Arad Census (Arad, Transylvania, Romania). No other Jewish census exists for other towns and most of Arad's Jews survived - 9.600+ records.
Lublin Lists (Lublin, Poland). Two lists added: Initial Registration of Lublin’s Jews, October 1939 and January 1940) and Stettin (Szczecin) Jewish deportations into the Lublin area – 7,600+ records.
Lodz Ghetto Work Cards (Lodz, Poland). Work ID cards for 5,600+ Lodz Ghetto residents. More will be added.
Riese and Gross Rosen Records (Riese/Gross Rosen, Germany/Poland). Five lists with data on 4,800+ forced laborers and prisoner transports involving Riese, Gross Rosen, Auschwitz and Tannhausen camps.
French Hidden Children. Partial listing of 4,000+ children from Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants (OSE) records, a French Jewish humanitarian organization that saved hundreds of refugee children during WW II.
Cernăuţi, Romania/Chernivsti, Ukraine Lists. Nearly 4,000 records from 61 different lists regarding town residents (1940-1943).
Polish Jewish Prisoners of War. Nearly 3,000 records from Warsaw's Jewish Historical Institute (JHI) of German-captured soldiers held at various Wehrmacht camps.
Yizkor Book Necrologies. 8,000+ records from Belarus (Pinsk and Shchuchyn), Poland (Suwalki and Lublin) and Ukraine (Konotop).
Check the databases at the link above.
Tracing the Tribe readers who are interested in assisting data entry or who have a database appropriate for the site are invited to contact Nolan Altman, JewishGen Holocaust Database coordinator and JewishGen vice president of data acquisition.