Holocaust Survivor Lists Digitized for the First Time #announcements #holocaust #records

Jan Meisels Allen


The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has digitized names of Holocaust survivors relocated to displaced Persons Camps in Austria and Germany. Thanks to a collaboration of the Robert S. Cox Special Collections and University Archives Research Center in the UMass Amherst Libraries and Schoen Books of South Deerfield, Massachusetts, they are now available on the open web, enabling families of survivors, genealogists and researchers to have access to the vital information they contain.


Originally published in 1945 by the U.S.. Government as a way to help survivors, the Sharit Ha-Platah or “the surviving remnant,” reach family members around the world.


The five books were discovered in a library  by Ken Schoen of Schoen Books and purchased them for his publishing company.


The digitized searchable version may be accessed at:



It is in English and German.


To read more see:



Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Online Genealogyl Newsletter for informing us about this resource.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Tom Heinersdorff

Thank you for bringing this potentially invaluable resource to our attention.
Try as I might I'm unable to SEARCH what appears to be photographs of the pages of book 1.
Please would you get somebody to post instructions for accessing the entire truly searchable version?
Thank you 
Tom Heinersdorff 

Jan Meisels Allen

Tom Heinersdorff requests instructions for searching the photographs for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst  digitized names of Holocaust survivors relocated to displaced Persons Camps in Austria and Germany. I have no affiliation with the University or Schoen Books. There is a page with the archives staff emails and phone numbers- yes I know Tom is in the UK but the emails can work to contact them directly: http://scua.library.umass.edu/scua/scua-staff/ and perhaps they can help with accessing the searchable version.

When I went to the link, https://credo.library.umass.edu/view/full/murb000-schoen-dig-i001  I clicked on full view when it opened--chose English on my Chrome browser and scrolled down with no problems.  Since I am not experiencing a problem it is best for those who do have a problem to contact them directly.

Jan Meisels Allen
Agoura Hills, CA, USA
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

tzipporah batami

is this list only for German Holocaust survivors? does it include survivors who entered austrian dp camps much later? thank you.

feigie teichman

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

I’m really confused by this announcement. Aren’t the Shearit Hapletah names already digitized and searchable in JewishGen’s own Holocaust database?
Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.
Professional journalist, writer, editor, proofreader.
Professional translator (Hebrew/Yiddish to English).
Certified guide, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum.
Email: miriambdh@...

Researching: BULWA/BULWAR (Rawa Mazowiecka, Lodz, Paris); FRENKIEL/FRENKEL, FERLIPTER/VERLIEBTER (Belz); KALUSZYNER, KUSMIERSKI, KASZKIET, KUZKA, JABLONKA, RZETELNY, WROBEL (Kaluszyn, Lodz); KRYSKA/KRYSZKA, CHABIELSKI/HABELSKI (Sieradz, Lodz); LICHTENSZTAJN (Kiernozia, Wyszogrod, Lodz); ROZENBERG (Przedborz, Lodz); WAKS (Nowe Miasto nad Pilica, Lodz); PELCMAN, STORCZ (Rawa Mazowiecka); SOBEL (Paris); SAPIR/SZAFIR (Wyszogrod).  

Yossi Jalas

Indeed, this is confusing. This book was published in 1945 whereas the book in JewishGen's database seems to have been published in 1946. Also, the page numbers are not the same.

Is this book an earlier version of the one on JewishGen?

Hopefully someone here can clarify.

Yossi Jalas

Deborah Long

Just a note:  the searchable version is NOT perfect.  It is possible that the name you are searching will not show up using the search mechanism.  That has certainly been the case for me.
Debbie Long

Triangle JGS (Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh/ NC)
Always looking for GALAS and DOBRZYNSKI of Lodz, Poland; 
WEISZ and MUNK of Ujpest, Hungary;
TREIBER and KRAEMER of Dobromyl, Poland/Ukraine

Nolan Altman

JewishGen's Holocaust Database already has a searchable data set of more than 61,000 records that seems to be very similar, if not the same, as the UMass Amherst set.  Please see the explanation of the "Sharit haPlatah" data set at https://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Holocaust/0103_Sharit-haPlatah.html  The searchable collection on JewishGen comes through our partnership with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and is from 1946.  The Collection Number indicates that this is revised version of Volume 1 so maybe UMAss' version is an earlier version from 1945?

You can perform a Holocaust Database search on JewishGen from https://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Holocaust/  This search will include all component data sets (approximately 400!) , including the "Sharit haPlatah" set.

Nolan Altman

Director of Data Acquisition and Coordinator of Holocaust Database




Dear Debbie, 
Where can you find the "search mechanism"? I had no problem opening the list of names and can look at them page by page but I see no way to search for names. And  Jan Meisels Allen's message in this string of messages only speaks about  having no problems "scrolling down."  I have no problem scrolling down either but that is not the same as searching through a search mechanism into which we put a name and it looks for the occurrences of that name....

So I would really appreciate if someone can provide a link to the page where one can find that. 

Thank you very much,
Judy Young
Ottawa, Canada
Searching BALAZS, BLAU, VENETIANER, DEKNER, GLUCKSTAHL, PERL (Hungary: Budapest, Ujpest, Gyor area, Kajar.  Slovakia: Dunajska Streda/  Dunaszerdahely, Ruzomberok, Liptovsky Mikulas, Trencin.)


Dear Judy,
you have to save the document as a PDF and then you can search name by name.

Marion Weber
Stuttgart, Germany


Dear Marion,

Thank you for your suggestion. It did not occur to me to save and use the "find" function - which does indeed work, though it's a bit laborious. Still it's better than no digital search. I suppose I was hoping for the ability to easily search by various categories - or use different spellings, etc. Anyhow, I appreciate the response. 

Judy Young
Ottawa, Canada