Sarajevo Survivors Who Went to Israel, December 1948

Introduction By Esther Gitman

· Background
· Database
· Acknowledgements
· Searching the Database


On the eve of World War II, there were approximately 11,500 Jews in Sarajevo and approximately 14,000 Jews in all of Bosnia-Herzegovina.  Approximately 1,600 Jewish Holocaust survivors left Sarajevo and headed to Israel after the war.  An estimated 200 additional families refused to register with the Jewish community.  This list was created from registration cards provided by Mr. Danillo Nikolic, president of the Sarajevo Jewish Community.  The information was gathered by the Jevresko Kulturno Prosvejetno drusto "Soloboda Sarajevo".  This list also includes names taken from Jasa Romano listings of those who served in the Partisans and either their whereabouts during the war was not indicated or they were completely absent from the Sarajevo listings.  Only those individuals that were clearly indicated as being from Sarajevo were included from the Jasa Romano list.


This list includes the names of those who left for Israel on December 1948; it does not include those that left to Palestine in the years 1940-1945.  There are 1,554 individuals listed along with 911 additional family members, for a total of 2,465.

The fields in this database are as follows:


The information contained in this database was prepared by Esther Gitman.  This collection is anticipated to be located at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum but is currently not catalogued.

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.

Nolan Altman
May, 2007

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