We are often asked for help in locating information about family or friends who are missing or who perished in the Holocaust. We can't help you locate your loved ones, but we can direct you to the following resources:
JewishGen is about the most important resource in such searches. One can search for names and places, also using the Daitch-Mokotoff soundex. The Family Finder and other databases are an extremely important resource because the names are often spelled in many different ways. One of our contributors was once searching for a family of the Lemberg area, where there were three different spellings of the places: Polish, German, Ukrainian. Names are written in many different ways as well.
With a bit of luck one might even trace a relative on the JewishGen online resources.
Note that they do not provide an online source for searching for people.
Address: American Red Cross
4700 Mount Hope Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (401) 764-5311
Fax: (410) 764-4638
This is a national clearing house for Holocaust and World War II tracing inquiries. American Red Cross provides a link to the International Tracing Service in Arolsen, Germany. They offer: Documentation of deportation, internment or death when available for relatives or friends lost in ghettos or camps. They help trace those known to have survived. They trace rescuers. Provide documentation of internment for reparations or pensions. You can call a local Red Cross Chapter to request a form to initiate a "Trace". The American Red Cross provides this search and coordinates it out of their Baltimore, MD office.
People from other countries than the U.S. should contact their local Red Cross Chapter. Do not write directly to Arolsen.
Before sending in any information to the Red Cross, one should be aware that "updating" your search file is almost impossible. So, as much research as possible has to be done before.
[The same friend also mentioned a disappointing experience with the Red Cross Tracing Service, by the way.]
The web site was built by Israeli Television and Netvision. It also includes links to other genealogy sites and has pictures and identifying information of children who lost their identity in the Holocaust.
You can receive information about and photos of Polish towns (for a fee). There is also an ever-growing list of names of Polish Jews with information about them when available (free).
(1) Based on both professional research and volunteer typing, they find, type, and index Holocaust survivor lists and death lists from around Poland - with over 200,000 records so far.
(2) Based on daily professional research in Poland, they find, type, and index lists of Jewish residents of Czestochowa, Radomsko, Przedborz, and many nearby towns - with over 300,000 records so far. They restrict access to these pre-Holocaust records to persons who make a financial contribution to CRARG, as described on the "Join" page of their web site.
Best wishes on your search!
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