Ernest Kallmann <kallmann.ernest@...>
Just published, this issue is devoted to the implications of the anti-Semitic
persecutions of the Nazi era upon genealogy.
1. The death records of deportees who have not come back >from the camps are the
subject matter of French Law of 15th May 1985. This question, already touched in
our Revue, Issue 75, is of special interest for Jewish genealogists. The Law is
summarized, as well as the errors which have occurred in its implementation. What
is at stake is to obtain that the death records of these deportees be set up
correctly and comprehensively. Eve Line BLUM and Jean-Pierre NETTER illustrate
this case by their inquiries and by the answers given by the relevant section of
the Ministry of Defense.
2. In "Jewish patriotism and genealogy under the Vichy rule", Philippe E. LANDAU
examines how the French Jews have reacted to the anti-Semitic laws deriving >from
the Status of the Jews promulgated in 1940 and 1941 : they produced the proof of
their belonging to the French Nation along its history, in particular by
establishing their family trees. An inquiry made by the Consistoire Central
illustrates how they have participated in the French political and military life
during history. The author stresses that this has not impacted the Vichy policy.
3. Jacqueline BEHR and André CONVERS show documents established by their ancestors
to prove how early their ancestors had been French citizens and how integrated
they were in the society.
4. The racist obsession of the Nazis, which made genealogy a national and
institutional activity, involved over ten million Germans during the Third Reich.
This article, by Ernest KALLMANN, published simultaneously in English by
Stammbaum, The Journal of German-Jewish Genealogical Research, is comprised of
Part One sketches the rise of racism in Germany >from the end of the 19th century,
showing its influence on genealogy, eugenic theories based on a biased use of
genetics, and Teutonic myths. Part Two describes how genealogy had become an
institutional tool of Nazi politics, spreading widely among the German population.
Part Three, to be published in a subsequent issue, shows the fallout of the Nazi
racist obsession on today’s German-Jewish genealogy research.
Cercle de Genealogie Juive, Paris, France