22 October 2008

Yad Vashem: List of Jews in Germany (1933-1945)

On Thursday, October 23, Yad Vashem will receive a digital copy of the "List of Jewish Residents in the German Reich (1933-1945)" prepared over four years by the German government.

It contains the personal details of some 600,000 Jewish residents in Germany (1933-1945), according to the 1937 borders, who suffered anti-Jewish discrimination and persecution.

Data includes the names and addresses of Jewish residents, details of emigration, detention and deportation, and where and when many died. Information was gathered from registration documents - primarily in medium-sized and larger towns and cities - deportations lists, archives, museums, memorial sites and the Toten-Gedenkbuch (memorial book of the dead) compiled by the federal archives.

Some 2.5 million data records were collected from over 1,000 different sources. The list\ was produced by the Bundesarchiv (German federal archives), with assistance from Yad Vashem’s Archives and Hall of Names experts, on behalf of the “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” Foundation.

The list will be presented on by Bernd Neumann, the German Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

“This list adds to our understanding of what happened to the Jews in Germany,” said Avner Shalev, Chairman of Yad Vashem. “Every new piece of information allows us to piece together the story of individuals and communities during the Holocaust. This list, in conjunction with other material in our Archives, helps fill in gaps in our knowledge of what occurred.”

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