The Jeff Malka Sephardic Collection
Sephardic Jews Deported from France During World War II
and Those That Were Exterminated in Concentration Camps
According to French law, a French citizen is known as dead only after a death certificate has been issued by the local authority. In order to regularize the situation of those who died in deportation, a special law was promulgated on May 15, 1985, dealing with death certificates for those who didn't come back from the Nazi camps. These certificates of death have to be issued as a result of a declarative judgment marked with the mention "Dead in Deportation". Then the "Journal Officiel de la Republique Francaise"- the government publication- made these death certificates public.
Today only some 52,000 such declarative judgments have been published including deportees of all religions. This index is a compilation of the names of Jews who were born in countries that are part of the Sephardic Diaspora, including Jews from Algeria, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Greece, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey.
This database collection is a combination of two different lists:
List I - Jews Deported from France during World War II
List II - Jews Who Were Exterminated in Concentration Camps
When available, the index indicates his/her surname, maiden name (if a married woman), birth place and date and assumed place and date of death as inscribed in the judgment.
This database consists of 5,204 Sephardic Jews from Algeria, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Greece, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey.
The fields in the database are:
- Given Name
- Maiden Name
- Date of Birth
- Birthplace – City / Town
- Birthplace – Country
- Date of Death
- Place of Death – Concentration Camp / Town
- Place of Death – Country
- Transport #
- Transport Date
We acknowledge the tremendous contributions and lifelong dedication of Mathilde Tagger, z"l, who made this index available. For many years, and right until her untimely death, Mathilde Tagger was a very close friend and collaborator with Jeff Malka. Together they worked to promote Sephardic genealogy research and educate the public about its enormous potential. Mathilde Tagger compiled this information from Serge Klarsfeld’s book, “Mémorial de la Déportation des Juifs de France” (Paris, 1978). Aleksandra Zinkovskaya, a JewishGen volunteer, assisted with translating French entries to English.
In addition, we express our grateful appreciation to Dr. Jaff Malka for his monumental ongoing effort to collect and make accessible Sephardic genealogical information, and for his generosity in contributing his extraordinarily valuable collection to JewishGen.
Finally, we thank Mike Kalt, html Volunteer, for placing this description online, and to Nolan Altman, Director of Special Projects and Coordinator of the Holocaust Database, for his continued devotion and dedication to JewishGen's important work.
Search the Database
This collection can be searched by via the JewishGen Holocaust Database, the JewishGen Jeff Malka Collection, or the JewishGen Sephardic Database