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How to Document Victims and Locate Survivors of the Holocaust

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Czech Republic
Jewish Community of the Czech Republic; 18 Meisel Street; Prague, Czech Republic.

Association of Jewish Refugees in Great Britain, Hannah Karminski House, 9 Adamson Road, London NW3 3HX, England. Telephone 0171-483- 2536.

Holocaust Educational Trust; BCM Box 7892; London WC1N 3XX, England. Telephone 0171-222-6822.

Amicales des Anciens Deportes Juif de France; 14 rue de Paradis; 75010 Paris, France.

Search Bureau for Missing Relatives, P.O. Box 92, Jerusalem, Israel. Telephone 972+2-612471; fax: 2-202730. Shortly after World War II, the Jewish Agency, the international Jewish help organization, established a division to assist Holocaust survivors in locating relatives who might have gone to Israel either before or after the war as Holocaust survivors. Situated in Jerusalem, the division is known as the Search Bureau for Missing Relatives. The bureau maintains a database of the more than one million requests it has received since its inception. In recent years, the bureau has taken on a more general role of locating relatives in Israel independent of reason. For example, in the 1990s, much effort has been devoted to helping Russian Jews locate relatives who might have gone to Israel. The success of this organization is due primarily to the dedication of its director, Batya Unterschatz, who has been working at the task since 1972. Her commitment to her job and her access to Israeli government information has earned her an international reputation for successfully locating relatives living in Israel.

Fondazione Centro Di Documentatzione Ebraica Contempororanea; Via Eupili 6; 20145 Milano, Italy.

Jewish Historical Museum; POB 16737; Amsterdam 1001 RH, Holland.

Rijkarchief in Noord Holland; Kleine Houtweg 18; 2012 CH Haarlem, Holland. They have records for Dutch war orphans.

Rijksinstituut voor Gorlogsdocumentatie; Herengracht 474; 1017 CA Amsterdam, Holland. This is a war documents archive.

Stichting Joods Maatschappelijk Werk; De Lairessestraat 145-147; NL 1075 HJ Amsterdam, Holland. They have records of Le Ezrath ha Jeled, an organization involved with the emigration of Dutch Jews.

South Africa
South African Board of Deputies; P. O. Box 1180; Johannesburg 2000, South Africa.

Swedish Association of Holocaust Survivors; PO Box 34036; 100-26 Stockholm, Sweden.

United States
American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, Suite 205, 112 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001. Telephone (212) 239-4230; fax: (212) 279-2926. In 1982, a World Gathering of Holocaust Survivors was held in Jerusalem. One of the persons attending the event, Benjamin Meed, a survivor of the Warsaw ghetto, came back to the United States with a dream--the establishment of a national registry of all Jewish Holocaust survivors living in the United States. As of 1995, this registry includes information about some 40,000 survivors, their spouses and children. The total list is approaching 100,000 entries. Survivors included in the registry were asked to include their name before the Holocaust, where they were born, where they lived and where they were during the Holocaust. The entire computer database is accessible at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., where it is known as the Benjamin and Vladka Meed Registry of Jewish Holocaust Survivors.

The survivor portion of the registry is published in book form by the American Gathering as the National Registry of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. It is available at Holocaust research centers and major Jewish and Holocaust libraries throughout the world. The book is organized in three sections. Section I is an alphabetical list of survivors, which includes cross references for names before the war. Section II is arranged alphabetically by town of birth or town before the war. Section III is arranged alphabetically by place of incarceration. If a person was in more than one location during the war, there would be multiple entries, one for each location. People are listed in Sections II and III by current names as well as names before and during the war. As the database grows, the book is reissued to reflect the latest information. The organization accepts inquiries but will not divulge the address of any person on their list. Instead, staff will forward a letter written to a specific individual. If the survivor is no longer alive, contact can often be made through the children, whose names and addresses are on file.

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) Location Service, 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001. Telephone: (212) 613-1424; fax: (212) 967-4442. HIAS is a Jewish social service organization that has helped Jewish immigrants settle within the United States since before the turn of the century. In the period after World War II, it helped no fewer than 75,000 Holocaust families who came to the U.S. HIAS has index cards for each family showing the names of all the persons in the household, ages, town of origin and names of potential contacts within the U.S. They also have case files for each family helped. The information on the index cards is publicly available; the case files themselves are most likely considered private to the individuals helped. If there is a strong need to know, there is a possibility that HIAS will provide information in the case file. HIAS requests that you provide the person's name, birth date, birth place, country of emigration and when last contact occurred. The cost is $25 per search request.

Federation of Jewish Communities, Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Note: fax, do not write. Their fax number is 38+111-662-674.

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