Logan J. Kleinwaks
As described at www.jewishgen.org/cemetery/africa/mauritius.html, many
hundreds of Jewish refugees trying to enter Palestine were deported to
Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, and detained there during 1940-1945. 127 of
the detainees never left the island and are buried in the St. Martin Jewish
Cemetery in Bambous. Henry Wellisch has transcribed data about them from
the book "The Mauritian Shekel: The Story of the Jewish Detainees in
Mauritius, 1940-1945," by Genevieve Pitot (Port Louis, Mauritius: Editions
Vizavi, 1998), and this is now available online as part of the JewishGen
Online World Burial Registry (JOWBR) at
www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/. If you include "Town Is Exactly
Mauritius" in your JOWBR search, you will be searching this information.
Please note that, in JOWBR, the field labelled "Place of Birth" should,
instead, be understood to be "Country of Origin."
For most of the deceased, the age at death, date of burial, and plot
location are also recorded.
Thanks very much to Henry for doing the data entry, to Owen Griffiths of
Mauritius for granting permission for us to place it online, and to Joyce
Field and Nolan Altman of JOWBR for incorporating the data into the
ever-expanding database of Jewish burials.
If you are related to one of the detainees >from Danzig, please contact me if
you would like to share his/her/your story on the Danzig SIG website
Coordinator, JewishGen Danzig/Gdansk SIG
near Washington, D.C.