Join the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) for our upcoming free webinar, “Polish Jewish Refugees in the USSR During WWII” by Serafima Velkovich on February 6, 2022, 7 pm Israel Time, 12 pm ET.
The "Ribbentrop – Molotov pact" divided Poland between the Soviet Union and Germany in 1939. The Polish territories annexed to The Soviet Union had a Jewish population of about 2 million. About 400,000 residents of these territories, many of them Jews, were deported to "special settlements" mostly in Siberia. Additionally, about 250,000—300,000 Jewish refugees from German-occupied western Poland had fled to the Soviet Union after the war broke out. This lecture will present the route and the fate of Jewish refugees from Poland, who spent the war years in the USSR, and their post war search for a new home. The lecture will include information on where documentation exists to research these individuals, both in Yad Vashem and in other institutions.
Serafima Velkovich is the Head of the Family Roots Research Section in the Reference and Information Department of Yad Vashem Archives. She also was closely involved in the work on names material in Yad Vashem`s databases. She lectures on the use of Yad Vashem resources for genealogical and other research to various groups, as well as to visiting genealogists and organizations who make use of genealogical tools for their research. She participates in the international conferences and films on the Holocaust topic. Serafima also is a PhD Candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Advance registration required:
Elena Biegel Bazes
IGRA Publicity Chair