A few years ago The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began a program
of filming records of various German Jewish communities. These are German
***community*** records, not city, state or federal records, though the
collections contain occasional government documents.
The time period covered varies widely, >from the 19th century to post-WWII
records. The scope is also extremely varied, ranging >from property records,
community membership lists, correspondence, etc.
The communities where filming took place were Magdeburg, Leipzig, Dresden,
Hamburg, Koeln, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden, Erfurt, Mannheim, Fuerth,
Frankfurt/Main and Freiburg.
This geographic list is somewhat misleading since records for one community
were often held by another, e.g. Muenster and Detmold are in the Hamburg
collection. All in all there are 123 reels of film, i.e. roughly 123,000 pages.
I am slowly beginning to go through these collections in order to provide
GerSig readers with rough finding aids geared for the genealogist. I
realize that this material will be of considerable interest to researchers
but I am not prepared to look for individual names/data at this time.
(Access to the collections is public but requires a personal visit).
Over the coming weeks I hope to prepare individual summaries of the contents
of these collections, one by one. At that point we can jointly see how
material might be digitized and/or individual requests for information handled.
Peter Lande Washington, D.C. firstname.lastname@example.org