German/Austrian Holocaust Related Databases
on the Web
Compiled by Peter
At the New York Jewish genealogy
meeting  I promised to prepare a list of currently available
Holocaust related databases useful for persons researching the
fate of German or Austrian Jews, and place this list on the
Gersig web site. Such a list, with brief descriptions, follows.
Of course, the following lists are far smaller than information
contained in printed material, starting with the German Government's
Gedenkbuch (Memorial book), and including information contained
in a large number of city and town Gedenkbücher. Also, considerable
information on individuals is contained in books or lists relating
to individual concentration camps, e.g. Auschwitz, or deportation
lists, e.g. France, Belgium and Holland, from which many German
and Austrian Jews were deported. If I can help anyone with Holocaust
related issues, they may contact me (Peter Landé) at email@example.com.
Stutthof was one of the lesser known concentration camps, with
perhaps 40,000 to 50,000 Jews sent there. It is of unusual interest
to German/Austrian researchers since many Jews who were originally
deported to Riga and Kaunas/Kovno were later sent to Stutthof.
(Large numbers of Hungarian Jews originally scheduled to be
deported to Auschwitz were also sent there) I have gone through
the camp's records contained on 305 reels of film and extracted
the names of German/Austrian Jews as well as noted their fate
to the extent the records disclose that. This collection also
includes information on a few persons not connected with Stutthof.
Bernhard Brilling, a rabbi and genealogist resident in Münster,
Germany after World War II, decided to collect as much information
as possible on the fate of Westphalian Jews during the Holocaust.
He wrote to dozens of towns and asked for information on the
fate of Jews who had been resident in these towns. I computerized
these lists and this database may be searched by family name
or town of birth or residence.
Deportations: From 1987 through 1994 the French
Government intermittently published in the Journal Officiele
lists of all persons deported from France (Jewish and non-Jewish)
who were believed to have died. This list does not correspond
to Klarsfeld's list of deportees, for reasons unknown to me.
I computerized the names of 825 persons born in Germany, Austria,
or Switzerland. Again, for reasons unknown to me, this list
is far shorter than the list of names in Klarsfeld or those
that appear on the actual deportation lists which are available
in Paris and at the Holocaust Museum in Washington.
Austrian Jews in Concentration
Unfortunately, the Austrians have never chosen to issue a memorial
book, though one has been under preparation for many years.
This list is basically illustrative, showing the fate of these
individuals. Its primary purpose is to draw attention to the
variety of places where Austrian names appear.
Reichsvereinigung der Juden
The Reichsvereinigung was an umbrella organization for Jewish
organizations operating in Germany from the mid 1930s through
nearly the end of World War II. The entire files of this organization
survived the war and are available at the Bundesarchiv and the
Holocaust Museum. The list which I computerized simply enumerates
those German Jews on which files exist in this collection. These
files may be as slim as a single page or as large as a dozen
pages. They include persons who perished in the Holocaust and
persons who emigrated to a number of countries, including the
United States, the United Kingdom and Brazil.
Nuremberg was one of the later cities to publish a memorial
book, but it was one of the first to place its contents on line.
Auschwitz work details (http://www.ushmm.org)
The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. is engaged in a major
project to computerize and place on line various Holocaust lists.
The only list currently available on line is a list of 5,000
Jews in work details in Auschwitz. Many of these persons were
Germans or Austrians. The information on these persons often
includes material on family members. Further lists are being
prepared and these will be added to this finding aid when they
Yad Vashem Hall of Names
some time Yad Vashem has been computerizing the names contained
in its Hall of Names and this should be available on the web
in the near future. In the meantime individual inquiries may
be sent. Hall of Names listings are drawn from submissions by
individuals, not from actual Holocaust records. However, they
are unusually useful since they also indicate who submitted
the information, thereby giving the researcher a link to a survivor/relative.