Belarus SIG #Belarus Brest Ghetto Passport photos in Yad Vashem Photo Archive #belarus


Hi everyone,

I just discovered something today and thought I'd post here in case
there are others who didn't know about it. I posted this to the
Brest-Belarus Group on Yahoo! and I'm posting here to the Belarus and
Poland SIGs because the Brest Ghetto was in Brest-Litovsk, Poland at
the Brest, Belarus.

I contacted Yad Vashem for a Ghetto ID that I couldn't find in their
online database. I received the copy this morning along with
instructions for getting the photo >from their online Photo Archive at:

The Ghetto ID had a big black rectangle for the photo so I was really
disappointed when I first looked at it. When I went to the online Photo
Archive, I found a good quality scan of the original photo. I
immediately started searching for others and was amazed at the
significantly better quality of these pictures over the ones on the
scans of the Ghetto IDs. They look more like real people now, not bad
copies of a newspaper was very moving (keep a tissue handy).

There is a trick to searching this archive, at least for the Ghetto ID
photos. Yad Vashem has a technical difficulty that prevents us from
searching on the person's name. Luckily, we know the parent's given
names >from the IDs and we can search on that. Search tips...

-use the Advanced Search
-in the first box, General Text Search, enter the mother or father's
given name. You'll have to play with the exact and soundex search
options and different spellings...the soundex is ok but not great. Do
not try searching with a surname...the parent's surnames do not appear
on the IDs so they are not in the descriptions in the Photo Archive
-in the Place box, enter Brest for an exact search
-click on a search result to get a slightly larger photo to save (use
right mouse click to save)
-there is no "back" button after you view an individual photo so you'll
have to do the search again (make note of where you left off reviewing
the search results)

Sharon Klein
Johns Creek, GA

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