Finding Friends and Family
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:
- See the Jewish Genealogy list of
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for genealogy information:
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.
- Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes'
Remembrance Authority is located in Jerusalem, Israel. Their
web site offers resources to help you. "The Hall of Names"
contains the names and biographical details of Jewish victims of
the Holocaust. "The Righteous Among the Nations" are non-Jews who
risked their lives to save persecuted Jews during the Holocaust
and "The Photo Archives" which contains both photographs and
moving pictures. These three facilities constitute the largest
repository of Holocaust documentation in the world and offers rare
material that exists no where else. Visit Yad Vashem at
Note that they do not provide an online source for searching
- We reccomend you contact the US Holocaust Museum
Benjamin and Vladka Meed Registry of Jewish Holocaust
Survivors for information about survivors who moved to the
United States. Vist them at
- American Red Cross Holocaust and War Victims Tracing
and Information Center
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.
- There is a wonderful web page dedicated to information on
tracing in the Children of Survivors section of the Cybrary of
the Holocaust, at:
They also have a Webchat on the subject with Gary Mokotoff at
Give them a try.
- For those whose relatives lived in Austria, the
Israelitische Kultus Gemeinde Wien, 1010 Wien,
Seitenstettengasse 4 is a resource. A friend of
writes: "The Gemeinde was able to tell me the date of my
grandparents' deportation from Vienna, the destination of the
transport and also their last address in Vienna. I had an answer
within a month of inquiring."
[The same friend also mentioned a disappointing experience with
the Red Cross Tracing Service, by the way.]
- A web site to help identify children who lost their
identities in the Holocaust used to reside at:
http://www.netvision.net.il/missing-identity/. But this URL
no longer seems to function, however. If you find the new URL,
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.
- If your family and friends were from Poland, you may visit
Polish Jewish Genealogy Home
- run by Pawel Brunon Dorman
Some of the information at this site, however, is not free.
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).
- In the search for family and family history, the Czestochowa-Radomsko
Area Research Group (CRARG) works on two types of projects:
(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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