Sharit haPlatah

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Sharit Ha-Platah, translated into English as "Holocaust Survivors" or literally as "Counted Remnant", was published in 1946 by the "Central Committee of Jews in Bavaria", in Munich, Germany.  The frontispiece says, "an extensive list of survivors of Nazi tyranny published so that the lost may be found and the dead brought back to life."  The book contains the names of 61,387 Jews who survived the Holocaust.

This collection largely reflects the efforts of Chaplain (Rabbi) Abraham Klausner, who visited many of the camps in southern Germany where survivors had gathered in late 1945 and 1946.  During these visits, he collected lists of the persons residing there which were originally published by region.  Subsequently, these lists with additional names not limited to Germany were combined into a single publication.


The information provided consists of family suname; given name; the maiden surname in some instances; the place of birth (where available, usually a city name); year of birth; and current (1945/46) location, which is usually a country name or name of a displaced persons camp.  We have added the ID, page and line number of each record.  Utilizing this basic information, it is often possible to establish where these persons subsequently went.


This list was provided to JewishGen through the efforts of volunteers in the Registry of Survivors at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.  The text can be found in the USHMM library as Sh'arit ha-pl'atah. (Volume 1, revised) under the call number [D804.195 .S5376 1946].  Sharit ha-platah can be found in other libraries as well, such as

Joyce Field and Peter Landé
May 2004

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