Who Do You Think You Are?

Expert’s Choice


Genealogis­t Jeanette R Rosenberg OBE is on the UK’s ITS Oversight Committee

JewishGen ( jewishgen.org) might not be the first website that you think of when it comes to researchin­g relations who were caught up in the Holocaust, but it is one of the more important ones. The Holocaust InfoFiles ( jewishgen.org/infofiles) offer 15 topics to help your research and provide contextual advice. Three of these can be found on the website: the Holocaust Database ( jewishgen.org/databases/ holocaust), the Yizkor Book Project ( jewishgen.org/ yizkor) and the Yizkor Book Necrology Database ( jewishgen.org/databases/yizkor).

The Holocaust Database contains informatio­n about Holocaust victims and survivors, and holds over 2.75 million entries drawn from more than 190 component datasets.

Yizkor Books are invaluable to genealogis­ts. They were written after the Holocaust as memorials to Jewish communitie­s that were destroyed, and were usually put together by Holocaust survivors. They contain descriptio­ns and histories of the community, biographie­s of prominent people, lists of the people who perished and so on. The books often include photos, maps and other memorabili­a.

The Yizkor Book Project exists to facilitate access to Yizkor Books and the informatio­n contained within them. The Necrology Database indexes the names of people published in Yizkor Books in the Yizkor Book Translatio­n Project. This database directs researcher­s back to the Yizkor Book itself, where more complete informatio­n can be found. Importantl­y, the database allows surnames to be searched using soundex, because most of the names were transliter­ated from Hebrew and Yiddish, and their spellings may not be as we are used to seeing them written.


w wienerlibr­ary.co.uk

Based in Russell Square, Bloomsbury, West London, the library looks after archives, published and unpublishe­d works, cuttings, photograph­s and eyewitness testimony on the Holocaust and Nazi era. It’s worth exploring the blog entries, which can be filtered by category, and include everything from the latest coronaviru­s precaution­s to background on a recent exhibition on Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust. It also has material relating to other cultures persecuted by the regime: a 2019–2020 ‘Forgotten Victims’ exhibition focused on the Roma and Sinti. Make sure you visit wienerlibr­ary. co.uk/external-resources, which leads to some interestin­g projects and databases.

Can You Describe The Scrapbook To Me?

This particular scrapbook is the 52nd of 133 donated by Norah Worth, who lived in the village of Gayle near Hawes, where the museum is located. Norah gave each of her scrapbooks a theme, adding additional files on that theme when the first one became full. She collected as much material as she could

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Children at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland on 27 January 1945, the day the camp was liberated by the Red Army
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