Silesian Jews in Mixed Marriages

October 1944

by Peter Lande

INTRODUCTION

Gestapo policy regarding Jews married to non-Jews varied over time from locality to locality. There was always pressure on the non-Jewish partner to divorce his/her partner. When this occurred or the non-Jewish partner died, the Jewish partner was usually deported. In some cases this took place even where the marriage was still in effect, but in many places the Jewish partner was protected against deportation, though discriminated against in other respects.

The following list of 73 mixed marriages (Mischehen) in Silesia (now Poland) illustrates the attention paid to such persons. It was included in the files of the Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland and is available in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) archives. Most were Jewish women married to non-Jewish men. It is remarkable that this list was prepared in October 1944, and yet the persons listed had not been deported. The fate of these persons and whether they were deported later is unknown. However, given the scarcity of information on the fate of Jews in Silesia, this small list may prove helpful.

The fields included in this list are as follows:

Family Name
Given Name
Maiden Name
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Residence

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The information contained in this database is from RG 14003M *36 at the USHMM. In addition, we owe our most sincere gratitude to Peter Lande without whose effort this information would not be available to you today.


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