Sources of information on former German areas, now Poland. #germany


Lande
 

A recent inquiry regarding Zielona Gora prompts me to remind GerSig readers
about the best source of information on Jews in former German areas, now
Poland.

This is a two-volume book, "Quellen zur Geschichte der Juden in
Polnischen Archiven".

The Ortsregister in the annex identifies town by town
what material relating to Jews (some back to the 18th century) is held in
each individual town. For example, in the case of Zielona Gora there are
extensive Jewish documentary collections, but not birth records. However,
please note that the books identify records, but do not contain the
documents themselves. In addition, there is a Personenregister which can be
searched by family name and identifies those documents which relate to
single individuals.

Unfortunately, Quellen are difficult books to find, though they are held at
Leo Baeck and the USHMM, and researchers should search the web to identify
other libraries where these are available.

I plan to explore the possibility of placing the indexes on a website,
though, even if I am successful, researchers will still have to consult
the books. If I make progress on this I will let GerSig know.

Peter Lande Washington, D.C. pdlande@starpower.net

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