Research websites

Please note: all descriptions are those of the institutions listed

Institutions are listed in the order in which they were consulted for this project


http://www.yadvashem.org
As the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations. As the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations.

Established in 1953, as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter. Established in 1953, as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter.


http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

The Wiener Library is one of the world’s leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era. The Wiener Library is one of the world’s leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era.

Formed in 1933, the Library’s unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony. Formed in 1933, the Library’s unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony.


http://www.lbi.org
The Leo Baeck Institute — New York | Berlin (LBI) is devoted to the history of German-speaking Jews. Its 80,000-volume library and extensive archival and art collections represent the most significant repository of primary source material and scholarship on the Jewish communities of Central Europe over the past five centuries. The Leo Baeck Institute — New York | Berlin (LBI) is devoted to the history of German-speaking Jews. Its 80,000-volume library and extensive archival and art collections represent the most significant repository of primary source material and scholarship on the Jewish communities of Central Europe over the past five centuries.

German-speaking Jews had a history marked by individual as well as collective accomplishments and played a significant role in shaping art, science, business, and political developments in the modern era, as evidenced by the continuing relevance of figures such as Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, and Franz Kafka. German-speaking Jews had a history marked by individual as well as collective accomplishments and played a significant role in shaping art, science, business, and political developments in the modern era, as evidenced by the continuing relevance of figures such as Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, and Franz Kafka.

LBI is committed to preserving this legacy and has digitized over 3.5 million pages of documents from its collections—from rare renaissance books to the personal correspondence of luminaries and ordinary people alike, to community histories and official documents. LBI also promotes the study and understanding of German-Jewish history through its public programs, exhibitions, and support for research and scholars. LBI is committed to preserving this legacy and has digitized over 3.5 million pages of documents from its collections—from rare renaissance books to the personal correspondence of luminaries and ordinary people alike, to community histories and official documents. LBI also promotes the study and understanding of German-Jewish history through its public programs, exhibitions, and support for research and scholars.

For the research area of the present website, see especially:

http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=478103#a1
This collection of the LBI contains documents related to Albert Friedrich Hirsch, his family and the Philanthropin School in Frankfurt am Main, at which Hirsch was headmaster. Prominent topics are emigration and the school’s fate under the Nazi regime as well as the attempts of its former pupils and faculty to stay in touch after 1945. The papers in this collection include some original material from the late 19th century through World War I and the “Third Reich” as well as several typescripts from the 1950s and 1960s that are related to a memorial book, which was eventually published in 1964.


https://www.its-arolsen.org/en/homepage/index.html

The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen declares its commitment to keep the memory of the millions of victims of Nazi persecution alive. The archive’s collections about persecution, forced labour and the Holocaust are unique in scope and significance.

The ITS preserves these historical records, answers the requests of survivors and family menbers of victims and makes use of the collections for research and education. The ITS archives store about 30 million documents which can help to shed light on the fate of so many.

The alphabetically and phonetically arranged Central Name Index contains over 50 million reference cards for over 17.5 million people and is the main key to the documents and the correspondence files. The ITS collections comprise information about incarceration, forced labour, the post-War period (displaced persons) and the child tracing branch.

To preserve, conserve and open up the ITS archives to public access; to modernise and make more effective its services to Nazi victims and Holocaust survivors and those who seek to trace the fate of family members persecuted by the Nazis and their allies; and to integrate the ITS into the European and international network of research and educational institutions focused on Nazi persecution, the Holocaust forced labour and displaced persons.


http://www.sztetl.org.pl/en/
The Virtual Shtetl is the largest local Jewish history database in the world. Through it, many activities, projects and initiatives are inspired and organised which aim to preserve and promote Poland’s multicultural heritage. Our portal also promotes, within younger generations, a spirit of mutual tolerance and respect towards Jewish tradition and culture. The Virtual Shtetl is the largest local Jewish history database in the world. Through it, many activities, projects and initiatives are inspired and organised which aim to preserve and promote Poland’s multicultural heritage. Our portal also promotes, within younger generations, a spirit of mutual tolerance and respect towards Jewish tradition and culture.


http://www.cjh.org

The Center for Jewish History in New York City illuminates history, culture, and heritage. The Center provides a collaborative home for five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

The partners’ archives comprise the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel. The collections span a thousand years, with more than 5 miles of archival documents (in dozens of languages and alphabet systems), more than 500,000 volumes, as well as thousands of artworks, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films, and photographs.


http://www.ajr.org.uk
The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) provides social, welfare and care services to Jewish victims of Nazi oppression living in Great Britain. The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) provides social, welfare and care services to Jewish victims of Nazi oppression living in Great Britain.

Founded in 1941 by Jewish refugees from central Europe, the AJR has extensive experience attending to the needs of Holocaust refugees and survivors who settled in Britain. Founded in 1941 by Jewish refugees from central Europe, the AJR has extensive experience attending to the needs of Holocaust refugees and survivors who settled in Britain.


http://www.volksbund.de/home.html
Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e. V. is a humanitarian organization charged by the government of the Federal Republic of Germany with recording, maintaining and caring for the graves of German war casualties abroad. The Volksbund provides information to relatives on all matters related to war graves, advises public and private institutions, promotes international cooperation in the area of war grave maintenance and encourages young people to come together to learn at the last resting places of war casualties.


http://www.ushmm.org
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors. A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors.

Located among our national monuments to freedom on the National Mall, the Museum provides a powerful lesson in the fragility of freedom, the myth of progress, and the need for vigilance in preserving democratic values.


http://www.bundesarchiv.de/index.html.en
We are a modern provider of services for the general public as well as research and administration bodies. We document, and save as archives, testimonies to, and evidence of, modern and contemporary German history and make this information available to everyone. We maintain the civil and military archives of the Federal Republic of Germany and its predecessors, the German Confederation, the German Reich and the German Democratic Republic, on the basis of the Federal Archives Act, and supplement these with archives of private origin.

We make decisions concerning permanent value, describe the archives, and make these available for the public after consideration of protection laws. We also offer advice and information to our users. We maintain archives and libraries for the long term by professionally storing and conserving them and, if necessary, restoring and microfilming or digitalising them for protection. We preserve, on a sustained basis, archives that have originated in electronic form and make these accessible.


http://www.stolpersteine-hamburg.de/index.php

The horror didn’t start in Auschwitz,
Treblinka or in other camps …
… it started in our neighborhood,
in our house, outside our door.

Since 1995, Cologne based artist Gunter Demnig has been commemorating the victims of the German Nazi regime through his project “Stolpersteine” – Stumbling Stones. All over Germany, the artist has been laying small memorial stones in sidewalks and pavements outside those houses where the people lived or worked who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazi regime. In 2002 the first Stumbling Stone was laid in Hamburg and many followed ever since.


http://www.leonoregoldschmidt.com

This website presents an account of the Dr Leonore Goldschmidt Schule, a Jewish school, which opened in 1935 in Berlin. It was closed in 1939 in Germany, but survived in England until 1941, when conditions of WWII made it impossible to continue.

The manuscript is based on research from original documents, archival information and memory of the author, Dr Gertrude H, Thompson. … The archival materials used in this story have been deposited in the Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive of the USHMM, Washington, DC.


The Sandwich archive is currently offline

Sandwich Guildhall Archive exists to present and interpret the history of the Ancient Town and Cinque Port of Sandwich and its immediate surrounding areas … [It]  has collections of books, documents, photographs, postcards, maps and objects with relevance to the history of the Ancient Town & Cinque Port of Sandwich. Appointments can be made to view documents on Monday and Wednesday afternoons between 2.30pm & 4.00pm.


http://www.museumoffamilyhistory.com

“If you want to be happy, set yourself a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes. Happiness is within you. It comes from doing some certain thing into which you can put all your thought and energy. If you want to be happy, get enthusiastic about something.”
–Dale Carnegie

The Museum of Family History is a virtual (Internet-only), multimedia, and interactive creation that was designed for those of us who are interested in learning more about modern Jewish history, as well as those who were a part of this history, who now grace the many branches of our family tree. The Museum humbly attempts to honor the Jewish people and the Jewish family unit in particular.

Through various exhibitions of sight and sound, the Museum strives to keep the memories of our ancestors fresh in our minds, while at the same time allowing us to learn more about the historical events that might have touched and shaped their lives, and subsequently our own. Through first-hand accounts, we learn of both their struggles and their triumphs, and through this awareness we perhaps gain some understanding of the world in which they lived.

You, the participant in this often sentimental and nostalgic journey, have the opportunity to view thousands photographs from the past that may stir your imagination. You will at times hear the voices and see film clips of family members that have been gingerly incorporated into some of the Museum’s exhibitions.


http://www.jewishgen.org

JewishGen is committed to ensuring Jewish continuity for present generations and the generations yet to come.  Our free, easy to use website features thousands of databases, research tools and other resources to help those with Jewish ancestry research and find family members. JewishGen’s mission is to encourage the preservation of Jewish heritage, allowing anyone with Jewish ancestry to research their roots, connect with relatives, and learn about their family history.


http://cahjp.huji.ac.il

The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) were established in 1939. They hold the archives of hundreds of Jewish communities, as well as of local, national and international Jewish organizations and the private collections of many outstanding Jewish personalities. The Archives now hold the most extensive collection of documents, pinkassim (registers) and other records of Jewish history from the Middle Ages to the present day.

The Board of Directors is composed of representatives of the Government of Israel, The Historical Society of Israel, The Jewish Agency for Israel, The Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv University and Bar-Ilan University.

On January 30, 2013  The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People and the National Library of Israel (NLI) signed an agreement to implement a merger between the Archives and the Library.

By joining the Library the Archives will be able to avail themselves of the Library’s resources and facilities to gain access to more and more repositories of Jewish archival material and to make the contents of their vast holdings more available to a wider public.


http://www.ajhs.org

The American Jewish Historical Society is the oldest ethnic, cultural archive in the United States. AJHS provides access to more than 25 million documents and 50,000 books, photographs, art and artifacts that reflect the history of the Jewish presence in the United States from 1654 to the present.

At our home on West 16th street in downtown Manhattan, as well as in our Boston branch on Newbury street, AJHS illuminates American Jewish history through our many archival treasures, scholarship, exhibitions, and public programs. Among the treasures of this heritage are the handwritten original of Emma Lazarus’ The New Colossus, which graces the Statue of Liberty; records of the nation’s leading Jewish communal organizations, and important collections in the fields of education, philanthropy, science, sports, business, and the arts.


http://www.jta.org

JTA is the definitive, trusted global source of breaking news and analysis on issues of Jewish interest and concern. We are a not-for-profit organization that prides itself on producing compelling, credible, independent, and high-quality journalism. Our reporting reflects the wide spectrum of religious, political and cultural identity within the Jewish community, with our digital properties serving as a town square where Jews of all stripes can debate with and learn about each other.

We keep Jews and Jewish communities worldwide informed and connected, with correspondents in New York, Washington, Jerusalem, and dozens of other cities around the globe. Our global reporting provides extensive coverage of political, economic and social developments affecting Jews in North and South America, Israel, Europe, Africa and Australia. JTA reporting also shines a spotlight on the cultural happenings, influential thinkers and leaders, and milestone events that are defining the Jewish experience today.


http://www.haaretz.com

The online edition of Haaretz Newspaper in Israel, and analysis from Israel and the Middle East. Haaretz.com provides extensive and in-depth coverage of Israel, the Jewish World and the Middle East, including defense, diplomacy, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the peace process, Israeli politics, Jerusalem affairs, international relations, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the Israeli business world and Jewish life in Israel and the Diaspora.


http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org

The aim of H.E.A.R.T is to inform and educate people about the Holocaust and the extermination programs conducted by the Nazi regime throughout Europe during the Second World War. H.E.A.R.T research and material is contributed from a group of independent Holocaust researchers who devote their spare time to research for the production of this website and other forms of related publications, such as leaflets and books. H.E.A.R.T is run by its trustees and directors, who manage the daily administration of the website, review all research materials, fact checking, and addressing any required corrections.


https://www.aip.org

The American Institute of Physics advances, promotes and serves the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. As a federation of physical science societies, AIP offers programs, products and services that:

Advance and distribute the knowledge of the physical sciences and its applications; enhance and cultivate the physical sciences disciplines; enable and foster collaborative efforts among stakeholders in the physical sciences; and promote the physical sciences to the public, leaders, government officials, agencies, and the media. AIP Member Societies cover a broad range of fields in the physical sciences and collectively represent more than 120,000 scientists, engineers, educators and students in the global physical sciences community.


http://www.pryzmat.pwr.edu.pl


http://uni.wroc.pl

The University of Wrocław has a rich history of more than three centuries. Founded by Leopold I Habsburg the university evolved from a modest school run by Jesuits into one of the biggest academic institutions in Poland. At the beginning of the 19th century the university had five Faculties: philosophy, catholic theology, evangelical theology, law and medicine. Later it was expanded by numerous sections, laboratories and a natural museum, which exists until today.

After the Second World War a group of Polish professors, formerly from Lvov, started teaching and research activities at the University of Wrocław. Initially they created the Faculties of law and administration, arts, natural sciences, agriculture, veterinary, medicine, mathematics, physics and chemistry. Some of these Faculties were soon transformed into other universities. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the University of Wrocław produced 9 Nobel Prize winners, such as Theodor Mommsen, Philipp Lenard, Eduard Buchner, Paul Ehrlich, Fritz Haber, Friedrich Bergius, Erwin Schrödinger, Otto Stern and Max Born.