Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Re: Galician Holocaust data [& privacy] #galicia

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In her message of March 15, 2002 regarding Galician Holocaust data, Joyce
Field writes:

I will shortly receive a file of about 35 typed pages, supposedly
quite legible, on forced laborers in Bolekhov, Dobromil, Broshnev
Osada, Wygoda, and Skole. <<snip, snip>>
The column headings in the file are:
Vorname - given name
Name - family name
Ehefrau/Frau - wife
Kinder - children
Sohn - son
Tocht./Tochter - daughter
Stiefmutter - step mother
Mutter - mother
Vater - father
Geburtsort - place of birth
Geburtsdatum - date of birth
Beruf - profession
Wohnort - town of residence
Strasse - street

As you can see, this list, made available to JewishGen by the United
States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washingtron, D.C.,
contains much personal information.
For all of us involved in genealogical research, any piece of information
about our relatives, particularly those who perished in the Holocaust is
very precious. As far as I know, the above data does not directly pertain to
any of my relatives but I am still delighted to hear that this information
is available at USHMM.

JewishGen is a wonderful vehicle for us to share and obtain information. At
this point, it is not clear whether JewishGen has made a decision about how
much detail pertaining to the above mentioned data would be made available
on the Internet. I think, though, that this issue deserves some discussion
as it brings up a general question about privacy.

With more and more information being available, people who make decisions
about what should be published on-line face some very hard choices. How can
we balance our wish to know with the others' right to privacy? This has been
an issue of concern to me for some time.

The issue of privacy becomes especially complicated when we deal with
Holocaust records. Can we conclude that none of the people mentioned in the
records before us survived the war? If yes, do the victims still have a
right to privacy? If not, what does it mean if a survivor's personal
information, such as that mentioned above, is published on the Internet?
Should the Internet be used as a public depository of information, or as an
indexing tool, directing the reader to contact an appropriate source for
more detailed information? Or, perhaps, there is third option?

I am interested to hear what others think about this issue.

Barbara U. Yeager

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