criteria for inclusion of names to a residents db in pre-war Poland #general #holocaust #names


Avigdor Ben-Dov <avigdorbd@...>
 


I need to know what the boundaries are for inclusion of victims of the Holocaust in genealogical databases. While building a db of Jewish residents I cannot decide where to cut off the margins for inclusion. Starting only from the Yiskorbooks of a specific town, I compiled a list of residents but there seemed to me to be lacking others who came before. I therefore searched JewishGen for others born in the same town to add to my db. The problem arises whether those born within a range of 50 years (or more?) to the end of WW2 are reasonable to include or not? Someone born in the town in 1890, for example, would have been about age 49 in 1939 when Poland was invaded by the Germans and the Holocaust was clearly underway. This is certainly someone who should be present in the town during the occupation and most probably alive and well (for the time being!). But what about margins of error? Is there a cut-off year for assuming that someone was not alive or present during the period 1939-1945? Should a certain age group be excluded due to life expectancy? Is it better to err on the side of inclusion or exclusion?
Please send me or post your reasoned opinions. Thanks
Avigdor Ben-Dov
Jerusalem

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