South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation

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Survivor Listings (1945-1946)
Survivor Listings (1945-1946)
The following is an assortment of listings of survivors of the Nazi regime in the immediate post-war period. It serves as an example of the efforts to reunite families and account for the missing victims of the Second World War. Such listings were distributed worldwide - including to the Jewish community in Cape Town - and throughout South Africa. Similar lists can be found in various collections, enabling the accessibility of such humanitarian efforts in the wake of the war. These have been broadly consolidated through the online Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This includes the papers of the Jewish Agency for Palestine Search Bureau for Missing Relatives in Jerusalem (Relatives Information Service and the selected records of the World Jewish Congress. Similar lists were compiled and distributed by numerous Jewish community based and relief aid organisations in France, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, USA, Palestine and South Africa. The specific assortment of papers listed here was found in the old Schoonder Street Synagogue and donated anonymously to the Cape Town Holocaust Centre in 2011. This endeavour aimed "to facilitate the re-establishment of contact between the remnants of Jewry in Europe and their relations in the Land of Israel and overseas." Some of the lists provide information related to individuals who were murdered in concentration camps, but most of the lists provide information related to those who survived in different locations. The listings are mostly sorted according to their original order of distribution. The lists are in Hebrew, English, French, German and Italian. Both dates of compilation and distribution are accounted for in the metadata. Spatial coverage listed does not include place of birth or pre-war residence of those individuals listed, but refers to the origin of the listings.

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