JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen German Jewish Soldier Project #general


E Feinstein
 

This is partly in response to the person >from Australia who wrote about "for paid"
ancestry list of Fallen Jewish soldiers. The same book is online for free at the
website http://www.denkmalprojekt.org

My name is Eric Feinstein and I am a volunteer for the JOWBR of JewishGen.I have
had the privilege of assisting JewishGen to increase the German holdings in our
collection >from some 25,000 records five or six years ago to some 280,000 records
now (including Germany and the German records found under Poland-Prussia.)

Part of this project has been an effort to record German Jewish military burials
from WWI. This effort started some three years ago. We started with the RJF
(Reichsbund Juedischer Frontsoldaten--which is the same list as discussed above)
list and have used some 200-300 sources to record the burial sites and fates of the
German Jewish servicemen. The RJF list was corrected for errors--as it included
soldiers >from the French and K.u.K. armies and missing entries were added.

We have used cemetery records, archival research (many archives across Germany
have produced research projects documenting the fates of the local Jewish soldiers
on the 100th anniversary of WWI), memorial books, regimental histories, and
obituaries >from period newspapers >from Compact Memory and other sources.

The result is 5300+ burial places for the 12,000 German Jewish soldiers. The intent
is to eventually upload everything in the Gersig Database of Jewishgen and the
burial places in their respective places in the JOWBR. [JewishGen Online Worldwide
Burial Registry]

Note I also have a K.u.K. Jewish project for WWI soldiers but I have spend much
less time on it and there is no master list to work with. For that I have a list of
some 7800+ Jewish soldiers with about 4000 burial locations recorded.

Another note is that the http://www.germanjewishsoldiers.com website has been
broken for a long time and I tried to reach the owner of the site without any
success.

Anyone interested in this project can contact me directly.
Shabbat Shalom / Gut Shabbos
All the best, Eric FEINSTEIN
New Jersey
ericfeinstein@...

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