Locating Polish Passports that were surrendered to the British in Eretz-Yisrael (Palestine) #poland #israel


Shalom friends, 

My great grandmother, Sarah Kosacki, surrendered her Polish passport when applying for naturalisation in Mandate Palestine. 

Many of those who did this had their passports sent back to Poland, and can be found here. However, since her application was in 1940, when Poland ceased independence, she doesn't appear in this database. 

The JRI Poland site says "(f)ollowing the invasion of Poland in 1939, it was no longer possible for Polish consulates abroad (which continued to operate) to send used/expired passports back to Warsaw. As a result, the passports of later Polish immigrants to Palestine remained in Palestine."

Where might the passport be today?

Thank you. 

Shavua tov, 

Yoav Aran 


Rose Feldman

We believe your great grandmother was already voting in Petah Tikva in the late 1930s so may she gave up her citizenship before 1940. Try doing a search on the IGRA database.

Rose Feldman
Winner of 2017 IAJGS Award for Volunteer of the Year

Israel Genealogy Research Association 
Help us index more records at http://igra.csindexing.com


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Rose Feldman
Israel Genealogy Research Association
Winner of 2017 IAJGS Award for Volunteer of the Year  

Lewis, Megan

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has "Collection of the Polish passports of the Jewish immigrants to Palestine, deposited in the Polish consulate in Haifa", RG-15.133.  There are 3747 passports, but passports were issued for entire families, so many more people.  Many of the passports have photos. The list of people in the collection is attached to the catalog record at https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn524453.

Megan Lewis, reference librarian
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum