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The 1933 German Towns Project

Compiled by Peter W. Landé

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Background

In the 1960s, the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, Germany wrote letters to mayors and other officials of West German counties and towns, asking them to list the Jewish inhabitants of their communities as of 1933, i.e. pre-Hitler, and, to the extent known, the fate of these Jews.  This collection includes the reports created by those local towns received by the International Tracing Service.

The information on each individual varies in detail.  In almost all cases, dates and places of birth, as well as dates of death, where known, are listed.  (In some cases street addresses were provided, but these have not been entered into the database).  Where it was known that an individual had been deported, this is noted, though a check of other material indicates that the compilers were not aware that many persons on the lists had been deported.  Accordingly, researchers should always check other sources of information, such as the German Government's Gedenkbuch, before concluding that a person had not been deported.

This is an ongoing project.  As of the December 2013 update, there are 178 towns listed.  Subsequent updates will include the remainder of the towns, as the project continues.

Database

Towns Included:

This database currently includes 35,418 records, from 178 towns.  The names of the included towns and number of records for each are as follows:

Aachen - 338
Ahaus - 69
Ahrensdorf - 297
Ahrweiler - 368
Alfeld - 38
Altena - 75
Altenkirchen - 12
Alzenau - 24
Alzey - 33
Ammerland - 16
Arnsberg - 263
Aschaffenburg - 191
Aschendorf-Huemmling - 173
Augsburg - 451
Aurich - 398
Bad Kissingen - 124
Bamberg LK (Land Kreis) - 105
Bamberg SK (Stadt Kreis) - 219
Barßel / Bösel / Cloppenburg - 47
Beckum - 90
Bentheim - 49
Berchtesgarden - 4
Bergheim / Erft - 263
Bergstrasse - 299
Bernkastel - 219
Bersenbrück - 17
Beuel - 327
Biedenkopf - 132
Bielefeld - 1,045
Birkenfeld - 135
Bocholt - 227
Bonn - 530
Borken - 277
Bottrop SK (Stadt Kreis) - 223
Brackwede - 3
Bremen - 794
Bremervorde - 55
Brillon - 348
Brückenau - 2
Büren - 73
Burgdorf - 6
Castrop-Rauxel - 60
Celle - 14
Coesfeld - 105
Cuxhaven - 43
Dannenberg - 16
Darmstadt - 85
Deggendorf - 3
Delmenhorst - 186
Detmold - 159
Dieburg - 63
Diepholz - 46
Dillkreis - 23
Dinslaken-Walsum - 13
Duderstadt - 6
Düren - 459
Ebermannstadt - 5
Ebern - 8
Einbeck - 94
Emden - 281
Ennepe-Ruhrkreis - 116
Epe - 40
Erkelenz - 21
Erlangen - 102
Euskirchen - 536
Fallingbostel - 3
Forchheim - 15
Freising - 1
Friedburg - 216
Friesling - 220
Fulda - 8
Fulda SK (Stadt Kreis) - 243
Fürstenfeldbruck - 2
Fürth - 638
Gandersheim - 32
Geilenkirchen-Heinsberg - 221
Geldern - 108
Gelnhausen - 71
Gelsenkirchen - 1,620
Gemünden a. Main - 32
Gerolzhofen - 58
Gießen - 1,291
Gifhorn - 1
Gladbeck - 331
Goslar SK (Stadt Kreis) - 17
Göttingen LK (Land Kreis) - 25
Göttingen SK (Land Kreis) - 348
Grevenbroich-Neuss - 133
Gronau - 42
Gross Gerau - 29
Günzburg - 124
Gunzenhausen - 3
Hadeln - 19
Hagan - 448
Halle/Westfalen - 17
Hamburg - 5,876
Hameln - 17
Hameln-Pyrmont - 47
Hamm - 91
Hann. Münden - 21
Hannover - 91
Harburg - 9
Hassfurt - 42
Heilbronn - 608
Helmstedt - 34
Herford - 406
Herne - 471
Hildenheim-Marienberg - 70
Höchstadt/Aisch - 56
Hof/Saale - 3
Hofheim - 109
Holzminden - 82
Homburg (Saar) - 15
Höxter - 337
Hoya (Grafschaft) - 63
Illertissen - 21
Iserlohn - 187
Jülich (Kreis) - 71
Kahl / Main - 1
Karlstadt - 30
Kempen-Krefeld - 318
Kempten - 15
Kiel - 457
Kitzingen - 107
Kleve - 136
Koblenz - 869
Köln - 1,069
Königshofen - 27
Kötzting - 10
Krefeld - 11
Kreuznach - 185
Kronach - 8
Krumbach - 18
Kusel - 67
Landsberg a. Lech - 1
Landshut - 59
Leer - 129
Legden - 3
Lemgo - 76
Leverkusen - 69
Lichtenfels - 25
Limburg - 38
Lindau - 8
Lingen - 120
Lippstadt - 246
Lohr - 58
Lübbecke - 126
Lübeck - 518
Lüdenscheid - 21
Lüdinghausen - 111
Ludwigshafen - 181
Lüneburg - 11
Mainburg - 4
Marktheidenfeld - 233
Mayen - 147
Melle - 1
Mellrichstadt - 7
Melsungen - 317
Memmingen - 175
Merzig - 58
Meschede - 34
Miltenberg - 20
Mindelheim - 4
Minden - 72
Moers - 348
Mönchengladbach - 677
Münchberg - 2
München LK (Land Kreis) - 3
München - 1,912
Münster LK (Land Kreis) - 50
Nienborg - 2
Oelde - 14
Reichelsheim / Odenwald - 36
Schöllkrippen - 48
Schwäbisch Hall - 150
Stadtlohn - 30
Vreden - 46
Wasersloh - 14

Data Fields:

The data fields for each record in this database are as follows:

  • Record #
  • Source Town Name
  • Surname
  • Given Name
  • Maiden Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Date of Death
  • Place of Death
  • Other Surnames
  • All Towns
  • Comments

Acknowledgements

The information contained in this database was compiled from files of the International Tracing Service (ITS), copies of which are held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), collection 1.2.5.1.

A team of volunteers, under the direction of Peter Landé, has been performing data entry work to create this dataset.  JewishGen appreciates the efforts of all the volunteers who have been working on this project which includes Carol Baird, Nicole Heymanns, Gary Mokotoff, Hans Nord, Irene Peters, Vera Nagel, Peter Strauss, Inge Wiesen, and Robert Winter.

In addition, thanks to JewishGen Inc. for providing the website and database expertise to make this database accessible.  Special thanks to Warren Blatt and Michael Tobias for their continued contributions to Jewish genealogy.  Particular thanks to Nolan Altman, Vice President of Data Acquisition and Coordinator of JewishGen's Holocaust Database files.

Nolan Altman
Coordinator - Holocaust Database
June 2013, December 2013


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