Missing documents from Posen #germany
Jeremy Lichtman <jeremy@...>
I've been trying to trace what happened to the Jewish
birth/marriage/death aktas (documents) >from an area of (today) western
Poland for some time. The Kreis (district) of Turek, which is a little
to the east of Kalisz, has few documents of this nature remaining.
I recently discovered a WW2 era document, written in German, in the
Polish archives. It details the existing records for several towns in
the district (Dobra, Tuliszkow, Turek, Uniejow, Wladyslawow) as of 1943.
There are several letters >from 1942/1943 also attached. One acknowledges
receipt in the town of Posen of the registers. Two more >from 1943 (I
think >from the district court, but not sure where that was) ask why
three boxes containing the listed records had not been shipped yet, and
then in response various excuses. A scan of the entire thing can be
My question is thus: assuming that those documents were ultimately
shipped somewhere, what would have happened to them? Were they
destroyed? Misplaced? Sitting in a back room of the Berlin archives? How
would I go about tracing them, assuming they're still extant (and given
that this document appears to list specific inventory numbers for the
Finding them would be a major genealogical breakthrough for potentially
thousands of families originating in that area.
Regards, Jeremy Lichtman, Toronto, Canada
Researching WARTSKI and COHEN >from Turek and eastern Posen