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Krakow (Cracow) Polish Ghetto Register

by Joyce Field

Gesher Galicia is pleased to announce that the Krakow Ghetto Register is now online at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Poland/krakowghetto.htm . The computerization of these 18,000+ records was a cooperative effort by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Gesher Galicia.

The following volunteers worked on this task for Gesher Galicia: Dan Aronson, Reinhold Beuer- Tajovsky, Phyllis Dahl, Carole Feinberg, Melody Katz, Shmuel Kehati, Judie Ostroff- Goldstein, Edward Rosenbaum, Julian Schamroth, Alan Steinfeld, and Margo Stark Ivary, who proofread the results. Without their help the task could not have been completed.

The information for the database comes from the Document Archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The collection consists of registration forms for the Jewish inhabitants of Krakow, Poland, which were created under the direction of the Jewish community in Krakow in response to a Nazi order, mostly during July and August 1940. No forms were made for children under the age of 15. The database is a finding aid to the registration forms. Copies of individual registration forms will be provided in response to requests sent to the Museum at registry@ushmm.org. It is important to note that the registration forms do not contain information on the ultimate fate of the Krakow residents.

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Background

According to the Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, there were 60,000 Jews in Krakow in 1939 prior to the German occupation in September of that year. Many Krakow Jews fled, but other Jews, particularly from neighboring towns of Skawina, Wieliczka, and Rabka, as well as some non- Polish Jews, came to Krakow.

Data

The information for the database comes from the Document Archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Record Group 15.058M. The Museum obtained this collection from the Jewish Historical Museum (ZIH) in Warsaw, Poland. The registration forms, in German, are arranged alphabetically on 20 reels of film.

The collection consists of about 24,000 registration forms for the Jewish inhabitants of Krakow, Poland. The forms were created under the direction of the Jewish community in Krakow, in response to a Nazi order, mostly during July and August 1940. No forms were made for children under the age of 15.

The handwritten registration forms themselves contain the following information: Family and personal name, Place of birth, Marital status, Town of origin, Address in Krakow, Occupation.

Up to two names of witnesses: the Nazis required two witnesses (often other family members) whose names, addresses, and occupations are listed with an explanation of how they know the registrant

Thumbnail photograph of the registrant The database is a finding aid to the registration forms. Copies of individual forms will be provided in response to requests sent to the Museum at registry@ushmm.org. It is important to note that the registration forms do not contain information on the ultimate fate of the Krakow residents.

Index sheets

Data entry for the database was done from the typed alphabetical index sheets that had the following information: Last name, First name, Middle name, Year of birth, Page # of index sheet, Line # on index sheet, Notes.

Database fields

The fields in the database are: Reel number, List number (corresponding to page # on the index sheets), Line number, Surname, Forename, Midname, Birthyear, Notes

Data entry

Gesher Galicia and USHMM worked cooperatively on the project to input the names on the index sheets into a database format. Volunteers at USHMM had input about half of the names when Gesher Galicia was approached by USHMM to assist in completing the data entry. The following volunteers worked on this task for Gesher Galicia: Dan Aronson, Reinhold Beuer-Tajovsky, Phillis Dahl, Carole Feinberg, Melody Katz, Shmuel Kehati, Judie Ostroff-Goldstein, Edward Rosenbaum, Julian Schamoroth, Alan Steinfeld, and Margo Stark Ivary who proofread the results.

Any illegible data on the index sheets or other problems were referred to USHMM for resolution during the time of data entry. When the Excel spreadsheets were completed by the Gesher Galicia team, they were sent to USHMM, which had its own team of volunteers proofread the material again and then combine all data into the format which is now ready for submission.

Postscript

In addition to the registration forms, the Museum also has an uncatalogued collection of files on Krakow ghetto residents. While this collection is extensive, it does not appear to contain information on all residents and it only includes family names from A-N. The contents of these files vary considerably, but often include information on children. These files will also be searched in response to requests.
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