Researching Greek Jewish Genealogy in the 21st Century

Researching Greek Jewish Genealogy in the 21st Century

Spoken-word CD - 2003
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In recent years new sources have opened up for Greek Jewish family research due to the release of new sources on Balkan Jewry with the fall of the Soviet Bloc. Internet and electronic mail have also enabled those interested in Sephardic genealogy to post and/or consult lists, homepages, and databases. New genealogical publications, periodicals, newsletters, and Sephardic and Greek-Jewish studies and public affairs have enriched the field. Nonetheless, the main means of research remains archival use, consulting secondary literature in libraries, interviewing family members, fellow members of community of origin, and regional historical experts. The leading Jewish institution in the world that has copies of sources from the former Soviet Bloc is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., which has microfilm copies of confiscated material from the Jewish communities of Salonika and Athens (ca. 1861-1941), over 700 files from the Bulgarian National Archives containing numerous files on the Jews of occupied Greek Thrace in WWII, and asset declarations of Salonikan Jewish family heads to the Germans in 1943 (reprinted in book form by Aura Recanati in Communaute Juive de Salonique 1943). This presentation will describe the USHMM sources and other important archival record collections: In Israel, the Central Archives for the Jewish People, Yad Vashem, the Central Zionist Archives and the Israel State Archive, the Ben Zvi Library, and the Jewish National and University Library at Givat Ram of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; the Alliance Israelite Universelle archives and library in Paris, the Aris Montano Research Institute and library in Madrid, and various repositories in Greece; and in New York, the Center for Jewish History, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Ioanniote Synagogue and Museum on Broome Street, the Jewish collection of the New York Public Library, Holocaust archives of the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Publisher: [Hobart, Ind.] : Repeat Performance, 2003.
Edition: Audio CD
Branch Call Number: 949.5 K454
Characteristics: 1 audio disc (approximately 60 minutes) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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