Tracing Lost Family Members
Around the world, many people are still trying
to learn the fate of their loved ones who disappeared during the Holocaust and World War II. AICE does not have any independent information,
but the following web sites and organizations may be helpful. In some cases, people simply lost contact, though in most
they were separated by circumstances including being sent to concentration camps.
Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center is a national clearinghouse
for persons seeking the fates of loved ones missing since the Holocaust
and its aftermath. The center assists U.S. residents searching for proof
of internment, forced/slave labor, or evacuation from former Soviet
territories on themselves or family members.
The U.S. Memorial Holocaust
Museum maintains a registry and lots of other valuable information on
tracing family lost in the Holocaust, but you have to go there to use
it. You can even use their computer while you visit the Museum to find
people who have registered with them. For more information, contact:
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2150
The Israeli memorial keeps a central
registry of Holocaust victims in Jerusalem.
The Pages of Testimony at the Hall of Names documents more than 3,000,000
Holocaust victims and is a good resource. A database has been created
and is expected to be online in the near future to search their records.
For now, you can contact them at their site: http://www.yadvashem.org/.
They will need the family name, place and, if possible,
date of birth and any other pertinent information you may have. If you
know of victims of the Holocaust that are not registered, you can register
DNA Shoah Project aims to establish a genetic
database of Holocaust
survivors and their immediate descendants
in an effort to reunite
apart by the Shoah. DNA is collected painlessly,
with a simple cheek swab and
there is no cost to participate.
number of sites are listed in our bibliography
of web sites for searching geneological
records. JewishGen is particularly good for searches related
to the Holocaust. They offer a Holocaust
Registry that allows you to search your family
name and any town you think they may have
lived in. You will also get contact information
on the researchers that have found and registered
the information you recovered. See also
Yizkor Book Necrology Database, which
indexes the names of persons in the necrologies — the
lists of Holocaust martyrs — published
in the Yizkor Books appearing on the JewishGen
Yizkor Book Translation Project. This database
is only an index of names; it directs researchers
back to the Yizkor Book itself, where more
complete information may be available.
Search and Unite
David Lewin's Search
and Unite web site attempts to help
the many people who suspect that, despite
the passage of so many years, someone may
still exist somewhere “out there.”
public institution, created by the Act of
the National Council of the Slovak Republic
to disclose documents about the persecutions,
carried out by the Nazist or communist security
agencies to individual applicants.
Ústav pamäti národa (Nation's Memory Institute)
820 05 Bratislava