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The 1948 Warsaw Survivors List

Introduction by Jenni Buch

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This database includes 5,680 records of Holocaust survivors from Warsaw as of 1948.


This list was originally compiled by the Head Office of the Warsaw Landsmanschaften in the U.S. Zone in Germany.  Preparation of the list was begun after a decision by the central committee at a general meeting on the 15th April 1947 in Munich.  It voted to register all the surviving Warsaw Jews scattered all over Germany in various Displaced Persons camps and towns.

A great many of the listed survivors, including the majority of family groups, had fled east into in Soviet Union in 1939 upon the Nazi invasion and returned from the Soviet Union in 1946 / 1947.  Therefore it was decided to register them.

The office of the Central Committee was located at Kunigden Strasse 49, Munich.  The committee was headed by: Engineer Henryk Rechtman, Deputy Chairmen - Dr. Julian Bentman and Hirsch Altuski, and Dr. Henryk Fenigstein - General Secretary.

The data was entered as written - the spelling is Polish with some German spelling.  The list was actually written in Yiddish but Latin letters were used as there were no typewriters with the Hebrew alphabet available at that time.  It is a valuable resource for researchers, especially since many maiden names are included.  Unfortunately, not all the fields were filled in by everyone, a few survivors merely state their names and present locations.

The Submission of This List Is Dedicated
In Loving Memory of Henryk and Lusia Ukrainski
From their children - Miriam Friedman, Louis Krain, and Freda Sable


This database includes 5,680 records of survivors as of 1948.

The fields for this database are as follows:

  • Name (Surname + Given Name)
  • Maiden Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address in 1939
  • Father's Given Name
  • Mother's Given Name
  • Mother's Maiden Name
  • 1948 Location in US Zone (Many are Displaced Persons Camps)


A copy of this list was given to Jenni Buch by Mrs. Freda Sable in Melbourne.  Her father Henryk Ukrainski was one of the compilers who diligently worked on this list which he carefully guarded for many years.  The list is now kept in the library of the Holocaust Museum in Melbourne, Australia (  Jenni Buch did the data entry for this list.

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
December 2009

Searching the Database

This database is searchable via JewishGen's Holocaust Database and the JewishGen All Poland Database.

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