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Selected Lists from the Jewish Advocate

Introduction by David Rosen

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This collection is made up of 856 records from two separate lists that appeared in 1944 in the Boston Jewish Advocate, originally published in Boston, MA.

List I - Jews Exchanged for Germans:

This list was published 03-Aug-1944.  Created by the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the list is comprised of 285 German and Dutch Jews who were exchanged for 111 German nationals interned in the Middle East and who subsequently arrived in Palestine.  The list was forwarded by Reuben Resnik, JDC representative in the Middle East.  Many of the Jewish individuals on this list were interned in camps in Germany and the Netherlands.

List II - Refugees from Europe Who Reached Palestine:

This list was published 10-Aug-1944.  Also created by the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the list is comprised of 571 Jewish men, women and children, representing members from 300 families who reached Palestine from southern Italy.  The individuals on the list include family members who fled to Italy before 1940 when the Nazis overran Europe.  When Italy entered the war, the Germans forced the creation of interment camps at Bari and Ferramonti in southern Italy.  After the Allied invasion of southern Italy, the JDC, through its representative Max Perlman, advanced the JDC's program in the area and the plight of the Jews in the area was eased and conditions bettered.  JDC participated in the removal program of the internees from the southern Italian camps.  The list was forwarded from Jerusalem.


This database includes 856 records; 285 records from List I (Jews Exchanged for Germans) and 571 records from List II (Refugees from Europe Who Reached Palestine).

The fields for this database are as follows:

  • Surname
  • Given name
  • Place of Birth
  • Last Residence
  • Other Surnames
  • Comments
  • Source


The information contained in this database was created from two issues of the Jewish Advocate in 1944.  The Boston Jewish Advocate currently has an online site at  David Rosen, a JewishGen volunteer, transcribed the lists.

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, coordinator of Holocaust files.

Nolan Altman
Coordinator - Holocaust Database
January 2010

Searching the Database

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