The Holocaust: 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.
American Red Cross Holocaust Victims Tracing Center
The 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 Arolsen Archives are an international center on Nazi persecution with the world’s most comprehensive archive on the victims and survivors of National Socialism. The collection has information on about 17.5 million people and documents on the various victim groups targeted by the Nazi regime.
International Center on Nazi Persecution
Große Allee 5-9
34454 Bad Arolsen
T +49 5691 629-0
F +49 5691 629-501
Visitors / Reading Room
Monday through Thursday 8.00 am – 17.00 pm
Friday 8.00 am – 13.00 pm
The U.S. Holocaust Museum
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
Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum
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 them.
DNA Shoah Project
The DNA Shoah Project aims to establish a genetic database of Holocaust survivors and their immediate descendants in an effort to reunite families torn apart by the Shoah. DNA is collected painlessly, with a simple cheek swab and there is no cost to participate.
A 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 the JewishGen 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.”
Nation's Memory Institute
A 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
Email: [email protected]