Jews in Post-War Poland in Light of Archives of the Department of Statistics and Records of the Central Committee of Jews in Poland Cover Image
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Żydzi w powojennej Polsce w świetle archiwaliów Wydziału Statystyki i Ewidencji Centralnego Komitetu Żydów w Polsce (1945-1950)
Jews in Post-War Poland in Light of Archives of the Department of Statistics and Records of the Central Committee of Jews in Poland

Author(s): Tadeusz Epsztein
Subject(s): History
Published by: Żydowski Instytut Historyczny
Keywords: Central Committee of Jews in Poland; statistics; search for missing persons; registration of persons

Summary/Abstract: The Department of Statistics and Records (WEiS) was one of the biggest organizational units of the Central Committee of Jews in Poland (CKŻP) and also one of those that worked for the longest period of time. Its tasks focused on three areas: the keeping of records (registration of survivors), statistics, and search for missing persons (information). The registration of survivors among Polish Jews embraced over 200,000 persons, whose personal data were kept in the Central File in Warsaw and in the form of alphabetical lists compiled in the years 1945-1947 and released in three series („Alphabetical list of Polish Jews”). At the same time, WEiS was collecting statistical materials concerning various areas of life of the Jews in Poland, including reports on the operation of local CKŻP branches, and preparing aggregate statistical reports. The WEiS search and information campaigns elicited a huge volume of correspondence concerning the missing persons and containing data about tens of thousands of people. The collections of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw contain the Central File (some 280,000 cards), files and other registration lists, materials and statistical compilations as well as tens of thousand of letters from all over the world concerning the search for missing persons. In 2005, thanks to support from The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., the WEiS archives were cleaned up and catalogued.

  • Issue Year: 219/2006
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 391-405
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish