Feb. 23 on Zoom: Jews from Poland in WWII USSR Russia webinar from the Center for Jewish History #events #announcements

Moriah Amit

Family History Today: Polish Jews in the USSR During WWII

Thursday, Feb. 23, 11 am ET


When 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 approximately 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 to 300,000 Jewish refugees from German-occupied western Poland fled to the Soviet Union after the war broke out. In this lecture, Serafima Velkovich, Head of the Family Roots Research Section at the Yad Vashem Archives, will provide an overview of 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. She will also explain how you can research the experiences and fates of family members who were among these refugees.


Tickets: Pay what you wish. Register for a Zoom link at https://programs.cjh.org/tickets/family-history-today-2023-02-23 


This program is sponsored by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History. 

Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian, Center for Jewish History
New York, NY