· Searching the Database
The primary focus for researchers seeking to determine the fate of Holocaust victims/deportees is to look for the transports which took the prisoners from their place of residence to a concentration camp or ghetto. While this narrow focus is understandable, it ignores the fact that hundreds of thousands of deportees were sent from one place of imprisonment to other places, sometimes for forced labor, e.g. Hungarian Jews sent from Auschwitz to German camps, or sometimes to a place of death, e.g. Jews initially sent to Lodz and then sent to death camps further east.
One small illustration involves French nationals/prisoners, Jews and non-Jews, in Stutthof. There were never any direct transports from France to Stutthof, yet these few prisoners arrived in Stutthof from other camps, often later to be sent further.
This list was developed from one part of the huge Stutthof collection (over 300,000 pages) held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (RG 04.058M, Reels 286 and 287). This section of the collection consists of name cards organized by nationality of prisoner. While useful as a starting point, this section of the collection does not include all prisoners and until, and if, the entire collection is computerized it is necessary to look at several other sections of the collection if one is to make a complete search.
This list gives family name, maiden name, given name, date of birth and place of birth, where this information appeared in the collection. In some cases, more information is given such as family members in France, address there, from where they came (Jewish prisoners came primarily from Auschwitz and Reval, and, where applicable, where these prisoners were later sent or when they died in Stutthof. Interested researchers can request this information from the USHMM archives.
The database includes names of 237 French citizens who spent some time in Stutthoff. The fields in the database are as follows:
In addition to the information available in this database, additional information exists for some of the individuals in the database. Some of the additional information includes:
Interested researchers can request this additional information from the USHMM archives.
The information contained in this database was indexed from the files of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The collection citation is (RG 04.058M, Reels 286 and 287). The data was compiled by Peter Landé.
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 the Research Division headed by Joyce Field and to Nolan Altman, coordinator of Holocaust files.
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Last Update: 28 March 2008 by MFK