Aufbau was first published in New York in 1934 as a weekly newspaper for German-Jewish exiles. The newspaper provided not only coverage of the day’s major events for German Jews but also let the exiled community place announcements of important life cycle events. If a German-Jewish family wanted to let their former neighbors, friends, and family scattered around the globe know about a birth or death, they were sure to place the notice in Aufbau. For this reason the notices placed in Aufbau are a vital resource for researchers wanting to discover what became of family members after they emigrated from Germany and Austria.
The goal of the Aufbau Indexing Project is to index all the announcements of birth, engagement, marriage, death and other special occasions that appeared in the pages of Aufbau between 1934 and 2004. This project was initiated by Harry Katzman in the 1990s. The current database covers announcements from the time period 1941 – 1951, 1960 and 1975 – 2002. Each entry in the database contains the individual’s name, the date and type of event, the place of origin in Germany and the date of the issue in which the announcement appeared. A list of all Aufbau issues and the number of announcements that have been indexed in each issue can be found at http://calzareth.com/aufbau/details.html .
A big thank you to the individuals who transcribed the announcements: Herb Adler, Marion Bernstein, Marie Brandes, Alex Calzareth, Hanna Grossman, Helen Hill, Rich Isaak, Harriet Mayer, Fritz Neubauer, Hans Nord, Dick Plotz, Arline Sachs, Vivian Salama, Ralph Salinger, Ravelle Schwab, Greta Tedoff, Naomi Teveth, and Paula Zieselman.
JewishGen is currently working on finishing the work of indexing Aufbau. Please contact Renée Klisch at: firstname.lastname@example.org to help with this project.
The last column in the search result will contain either an issue code (e.g. j10a43) or a year (e.g. 1990 issues). Clicking on that link brings you to a file directory with copies of the Aufbau pages for a given year. There are between one and three pages of announcements in each issue. If there is an issue code, look for the files with that code. In only a year is present, browse through the files, which are listed in chronological order.
Alternatively, the Leo Baeck Institute has digitized all issues of Aufbau. Look up the issue date on the table at http://calzareth.com/aufbau/details.html and then note the issue number in the first column on the left and visit https://archive.org/details/aufbau to page through a particular issue. The announcement pages were generally towards the end of each issue.
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