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Documentary Sources for the Study of the Grodno Gubernia

compiled by Ellen Sadove Renck

  1. Vol. 6 of the Klarsfeld series: Documents Concerning the Murder of 29,000 Jews of Grodno by the Germans; 1941-1942. Ghetto and Deportations to Death Camps Cologne and Bielefeld Trails, Gathering  Point before Transportation to Concentration Camps of Kelbasin, Treblinka and Auschwitz. Published in  May 1989 by Jews from the town of Grodno, who survived the German occupation of 1941-1944 containing: 
    • verbatim translation of German record of The Court of Justice in Cologne in 1968 of two Gestapo  officers in Grodno: Kurt Wiese (commander of Ghetto No. 1) and his superior, Heinz Errelis, commander of the two ghettos and the Kelbsin Camp.
    • excerpts from the Judgment by the Court of Justice in Bielefeld in 1967 of Gestapo officers in Bialystok uezd, primarily on death camp transports.
    • Apendices: published by the Beate Klarsfeld Foundation that provide a key to the original specific testimony in German
  2. USHMM: US HOLOCAUST MUSEUM MICROFILM RECORDS FOR GRODNO:
    Aaron T. Kornblum,
    Reference Archivist,  Archives Branch,
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Archives Branch,
    100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC, 20024.
    Tel: 202 488 6113. Fax: 202 479 9726.
    Email: akornblum@ushmm.org.
    website for more information: http://www.ushmm.org/access.htm
    • RG53.004M Grodno Oblast Archive records, 1940-1944 [microform]. mss.    Selected Records from the Grodno Oblast Archive (mss.) 99 pages, seven rolls of microfilm. ($210.00).
    • RG10.052* 01 Records relating to the Chaleff family of Grodno, Poland mss.  31 pages. ($9.30).
    • RG02.029 Nina Kaleska papers mss. 17 pages. ($5.10).
    • RG22.001* 01 Records relating to the Soviet Union under Nazi Occupation, 19411945. mss.
    • RG22.002M Selected records from the Extraordinary State Commission to Investigate GermanFascist Crimes Committed on Soviet Territory from the USSR, Archive of the October Revolution (mss.)  [Towns in Grodno Guberniya that are described in the "Extraordinary State Commission to Investigate German Fascist Crimes Committee on Soviet Territory": Benyakoni, Berestovitskiy, Lida, Porechye, Porozovo, Radun, Rybnitsa, Sobakintsy, Sopotskin, St. Dubova, Svisloch, Vasilishki, Volkovysk, Voronovo, and Zaboslot]  220 pages ($66.00). and 99 pages ($810.00).
    • RG15.070M Zespol podziemie prasa konspiracyjna = underground press, 1939-1966 (bulk 1940-1945) (mss.) 99 pages. Because of an agreement the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has with the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland, which holds the original materials, the Museum Archives cannot duplicate entire rolls of this collection for researchers until the researchers  first receive written permission from the JHI. After JHI's permission, the Museum Archives would be  glad to duplicate microfilm rolls.
    • RG 53.002M The Sara Rosjanski Ross Donation Selected Records from the Belarus Central State  Archives (mss.) 99 pages ($30.00).
  3. Grodno Kahal records are in Minsk Historical Archives in Fond 2, Op. 3, Delo 699.
  4. CONSCRIPTION INFORMATION:
    "The Provincial Grodno Records" is the title of a local newspaper kept in many libraries including the Russian National Library. Title: "Grodno Provincial Records" Lists of Jews eligible for conscription, missed when the Register Books were drawn up in 1804. Family lists and the 1810 supplemental list. 126 pages
  5. Old Russian newspapers are available through Yale University, BLITZ, the St. Petersburg Russian  Historical Archives, and also are available for purchase at http://www.nross.com/judaica/judaica3.htm
  6. Card Catalog of Jewish Newspapers and Periodicals in the Russian National Library, St. Petersburg in Hebrew & Yiddish: The holdings of Jewish newspapers and periodicals cover the period from the early 1880s to the present. They include not only periodicals published in the Russian Empire and the former Soviet Union, but also in countries such as Poland, Romania and later Israel. The card file is divided into two parts: Hebrew and Yiddish. The newspaper section contains runs of Der Veg, Folkstime, Der Roiter Stern. All of the newspapers and journals can be ordered on microfilm.

    Yiddish: ca. 4,200 cards, 8 mf; Hebrew: ca. 1,500 cards, 3 mf Complete set, 11 mf, $100
  7. Unpublished Materials for Belarus Towns in the Archives of Yad Vashem.   Belarus SIG does not know the contents. That information can be obtained by sending an email to the Yad Vashem archivist.

    Antopol, Baran, Baranovichi, Begoml, Belitsa, Benyakoni, Bereza, Berezhnitsa, Berezino, Blagovshchina, Bobr, Bobruysk, Bolshiye Luki, Borisov, Borysuvka, Braslav, Brest, Briukhovo, Buda Koshelevo, Bykhov, Byki, Byten, Cherven, Czerniewicze, Danilowicze, Darevnaya, Dashkevichi, David Gorodok, Delyatichi, Derechin, Disna, Divin, Dobromysl, Dokshitsy, Dolginovo, Domachevo, Drogichin, Drozdy, Druya, Druysk, Dubinovo, Dunilovichi, Dvorets, Dyatlovo, Dzerzhinsk, Gantsevichi, Germanovichi, Glebokie, Golshany, Gomel, Gorodishche (Nowogrodek), Gorodok (near Vitebsk), Gorodek (near Molodechno), Goshchevo, Grodno, Ilya, Iody, Ivanovo, Ivatsevichi, Ivenets, Ivye, Izabelin, Kamen, Kamenets, Karnich, Karolinka, Khomsk, Khoslavichi, Khotimsk, Khoyniki, Kletsk, Kobrin, Kobylnik, Koldychevo, Kondraciszki, Kopishche, Kopyl, Kopys, Korelichi, Kossovo, Kozlovshchina, Kozyany, Krasne (near Moldechno), Krevo, Kripuli, Krivichi, Krivitsa, Krugloye, Krupki, Kublichi, Kurenets, Ladosno, Lakhva, Lebedevo, Lenin, Lepel, Lida, Liozno, Lipiczany, Lipnishki, Logosk, Logoysk, Lososno, Loyev, Luninets, Lyakhovichi, Lyntupy, Lyskovo, Lyuban, Lyubashevo, Lyubcha, Marina Gorka, Miadziol Nowy, Miadziol Stary, Mikashevichi, Mikhalishki, Milcha, Minsk, Miory, Mir, Mogilev, Mokrovo, Mochad, Molodechno, Nacha, Naliboko, Narocz, Nesvizh, Niemen, Novo Pashkovo, Novogrudok, Novoyelnya, Novvy Sverzhen, Nowy Swierzen, OktyabrskiyOlkhovtsy, Olshany, Opsa, Orlya, Orsha, Oshmyany, Ostrovets, Ostryna, Ozery, Parafyanovo, Parichi, Piertasze, Pinsk, Pleshchenitsy, Plyussy, Pogost, Polochany, Polotsk, Pomozovye, Porechue, Prozovo, Postavy, Pruzhany, Puchiny, Pyatigorsk, Pyshno, Radoshkovichi, Radun, Rakow, Rogachev, Ross, Rozhanka, Ruda Yavorskaya, Rudnya, Rusakovichi, Selets, Seliba, Sharkovshchina, Shashkowka, Shchetinka, Shereshevo, Shklov, Sinkevichi, Skidel, Slonim, Slutsk, Smolevichi, Smolyany, Smorgon, Snov, Sobrinowo, Sopotskin, Sporkovshchizna, Stalinsk, Staneleviche, Starya Russa, Staryye Dorogi, Stolbtsy, Stolovichi, Svir, Svisloch, Svorotva, Szczuczyn, Talka, Telekhany, Trostinets, Tukhovichi, Tulovo, Turets, Ushachi, Uvarovichi, Uzda, Vasilishki, Verkhnedvinsk, Vetka, Vidzy, Vileyka, Vishnevo, Vitebsk, Volkolata, Volkovysk, Volozhin, Volpa, Voronovo, Vselyub, Vyshjivim Wilcze Nory, Wolozyce, Yanovichi, Zasiecie, Zaslavl, Zelwa, Zheludok, Zhirmuny, Zhlobin