JewishGen Inaugural Ignition Grant Awarded to Gesher Galicia
February 12, 2018
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Dear JewishGen Community,
I am pleased to announce that JewishGen has awarded an Ignition Grant to the Gesher Galicia, Inc. (GesherGalicia.org) Holocaust Records project.
This $5,000 grant from JewishGen will enable Gesher Galicia to obtain unique records from Polish State Archives in Nowy Sacz and Rzeszow, and make these records accessible to the broader Jewish genealogical community via JewishGen’s Holocaust Database.
This important new collection will directly support our mission of connecting families, and educating them about their Jewish family history and heritage. It will include:
- Nowy Sacz: Book of Punishments 01/24/1940-08/24/1942). This book (written in Polish) contains information of approximately 1,100 Jewish victims. Fields which will be searchable in the database include: name, date of birth, home address, nature of offence, and punishment.
- Nowy Sacz: Book of Punishments (02/12/1940-12/14/1944). This book (written in German), contains information of approximately 480 Jewish victims. Fields which will be searchable in the database include: name, date of birth (and some locations), a detailed nature of the offence committed (such as "failing to shovel snow" or "maintaining the stall/shop in a dirty state"), and punishment (usually a fine or prison time - or both).
- Nowy Sacz: Information on the Städtische Werkstätten (Municipal Workshops). These lists contain information of approximately 2,500 Jewish workers. Fields which will be searchable in the database include: name, date of birth, occupation, and home address.
- Czudec: List of Jews 1940-1942. The town of Czudec did not have a ghetto (unlike Nowy Sacz), but many Jews were brought in from neighboring villages and small towns. This list contains information of approximately 1,000 Jewish victims. Fields which will be searchable in the database include: name, date of birth, town of birth and/or town of origin. Some records will also include the names of parents, and marital status.
- Czudec: Forced Labor Lists. These lists describe various types of Jewish forced labor, and contain information of nearly 2,900 Jewish victims. Fields which will be searchable in the database include: name, date of birth, house address, and occupation. Some also include the names of parents, and the town of origin.
JewishGen’s grant program will ensure that we continue to add records which contain important genealogical and historical information to our award-winning databases. As a member of the Museum of Jewish Heritage family, we are keenly focused on collecting and preserving Holocaust-related materials before it is too late.
The JewishGen Holocaust Database (www.JewishGen.org/databases/Holocaust) now includes nearly 3 million records, and we intend to significantly expand our collection in 2018.