World Archives Project: USHMM - Poland, Jewish Prisoners of War in Lublin, 1939-1941

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About this project The collection contains registration cards of Jewish prisoners of war held in various German POW camps (or "Stalags") in the area of Lublin, Poland from 1939 to 1941.  The cards provide names, places of birth, dates of birth, parents' names, and prison camp.  Most also provide a photograph and fingerprint of the prisoner.

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Important Note:

UPDATE:  The International Characters in the keying tool now support the kropka ( Ż )  Please only use the keying tool to enter this character.
Polish has a special diacritic that is not currently in the International Characters dialog of the Keying Tool. This is being remedied but in the meantime should you find a record that contains a kropka (ż), you will need to copy and paste it from this page into the keying tool. 



This project uses diacritics 

If you are using Windows XP there are some diacritics that may not be displayed correctly. This occasionally happens in newer browsers and operating systems as well. You may see a box inserted as a letter. For example: Mie□dzyrzecz instead of Międzyrzecz

When you key letters with diacritics, it is best to use the international character set provided or the numeric shortcut shown in the keying tool. (Note: Not all diacritics will have a shortcut displayed.) Do not use other keyboard shortcuts as a work around. For arbitrators and reviewers who are using Windows XP operating systems, if you see the □ displayed, you will need to key the diacritic using the international characters symbols provided in the tool to ensure the proper diacritic is being entered. 

More info on international characters and diacritics


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Handwriting Helps:


Polish Handwriting Helps
Learn to Read Sütterlin

Supplemental resources:


World Archives project keying Standards
Discussion Page
Message Board
Supplemental list of German Military ranks created by keyers
Supplemental list of Arbeitskommands
Polish place names
More Polish Place Names
And still more placenames in Poland


List of Nazi POW Camps


Misc Keying Notes:

  • Beware of the images that contain multiple cards. Each card should be keyed as a separate line item. Even if they are for the same person. Sometimes the camp changes, or additional information appears on the 2nd card.
  • Jude (Jewish) may appear in several places: either as religion, as ethnicity, or as nationality. It is important that it be keyed in the same field as it appears in the original card. An alternate word used for Jewish is Mosaisch (abbreviated mos). It is also occasionally entered as Israel or a variant thereof.
  • Entries should be keyed as written. Eg Polen or Pole should not be changed to Polnisch. This also means no expanding abbreviations, translating any words, or attempting to correct errors in the original.
  • Abbreviations should not be expanded. Years are also keyed as written, either as two digits or four.
    • Exception: Months are keyed in full.
  • Punctuation should be keyed as written.
    • Exception: periods (full stops) are omitted.

If cou come across a form called"Wehrdienstbeschädigungsliste" use the multiple form choice and extract all the information you can.



Project-specific sample images and form field help:

Multiple Form Types


Given Name

Key the Given Name found on the left side of the card next to "Vorname", using the provided drop-down list.  If a name is not on the list, key as seen.
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Surname

Key the Surname found on the left side of the card next to "Name", using the provided drop-down list.  If a name is not on the list, key as seen.


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Birth Day

Key the Birth Day found on the left side of the card next to "Geburtstag und ort".  The date appears in the day, month, year format.
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Birth Month

Key the Birth Month found on the left side of the card next to "Geburtstag und ort".  The date appears in the day, month, year format. The months are numeric on the records; however, select the full alpha spelling from the provided drop-down list.
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Birth Year

Key the Birth Year found on the left side of the card next to "Geburtstag und ort". The year must be keyed as either two or four digits.  The date appears in the day, month, year format.
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Birth Location

Key the Birth Location found on the left side of the card next to "Gebutstag und ort" following the birth date.  Key as seen.
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Father Given

Key the Father Given foun on the left side of the card next to "Vorname des Vaters", using the drop-down list provided for assistance.  If a name is not on the list, key as seen.
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Mother Surname

Key the Mother Surname found on the left side of the card next to "Familenname der Mutter", using the provided drop-down list.  If a name is not on the list, key as seen.
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Nationality

Key the Nationality found on the left or right side of the card next to "Staatsangehorigkeit".  Key as seen.
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Religion

Key the Religion found on the left side of the card next to "Relgion".  Key as seen.
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Civil Profession

Key the Civil Profession found on the right side of the card next to "Zivilberuf". Key as seen.
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Place of Capture

Key the Place of Capture found on the right side of the card next to "Gefangennahme (ort und datum)".  The place precedes the date.  Key as seen.
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Day of Capture

Capture the Day of Capture found on the right side of the card next to "Gefangennahme (ort und datum)".  The date follows the place and appears in the day, month, year format.
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Month of Capture

Key the Month of Capture found on the right side of the card next to "Gefangennahme (Ort und Datum)".  The date appears in the day, month, year format.  The months are numeric on the records; however, select the full alpha spelling from the provided drop-down list.
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Year of Capture

Key the Year of Capture found on the right side of the card next to "Gefangennahme (ort und datum)".  The date follows the place and appears in the day, month, year format.  The year must be keyed as either two or four digits.
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Photo

From the provided drop-down list, select "Yes" if a photo is included on the card or "No" if a photo is not included.
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Fingerprint

From the provided drop-down list, select "Yes" if a fingerprint is included on the card or "No" if a fingerprint is not included.
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POW Camp

Key the POW Camp found in the upper left corner of the card next to "Kriegsgefangenenlager".  Key as seen. If more than one POW camp appears, key separated by a comma.
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Registration Number

Key the Registration Number found in the upper right corner of the card under "Beschriftung der Erkennungsmarke nr".  Key as seen.
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Rank

Key the Rank found on the left or right side of the card next to "Dienstgrad" area.  Key as seen.
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Unit

Key the Unit found on the left or right side of the card next to "Truppenteil" area.  Key as seen.
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Company

Key the Company found on the right side of the card next to "Komp. Usw".  Key as seen.
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Matriculation Number

Key the Matriculation Number found on the right side of the card next to "Matrikel Nr".  Key as seen.
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Ethnicity

Key the Ethnicity found on the left side of the card next to "Volkstum".  Key as seen.
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POW Company

Key the POW Company found on the right side of the card next to "Gefangenen-Kp" area.  Key as seen.
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Outside the Camp

Key the Outside the Camp information found on the right side of the card next to "Außerhalb des Lagers".  Key as seen.
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Remarks

From the provided drop-down list, select "Yes" or "No" indicating whether there are any more Remarks on the card.
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Degree of Working

Key the Degree of Working found on the right side of the card next to "Grad der Arbeitsfähigkeit".  Key as seen.
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Physical Status at Capture

Key the Physical Status at Capture found on the right side of the card next to "Ob gesund, krank, verwundet" area.  Key as seen.  Usually only one of these entries will appear: gesund, krank, verwundet.
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Work Assignment

Key the Work Assignment found on the right side of the card next to "Arb.Kdo".  Key as seen.
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Personal Card 1


This form type is for images displaying "Personalkarte I" in the upper left corner just below the row of numbers.

POW Camp

Key the POW Camp found in the upper left corner of the card next to "Kriegsgefangenen".  Key as seen. If more than one POW camp appears, key separated by a comma.

Hint: A second copy of this name is sometimes found on the very bottom of the card, written upside-down.
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Registration Number

Key the Registration Number found in the upper right corner of the card under "Beschriftung der Erkennungsmarke nr".  Key as seen.
Hint: A second copy of this number may be found in the photograph. An an additional copy is sometimes found at the bottom of the card, written upside-down.

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Surname

Key the Surname found on the left side of the card next to "Name", using the provided drop-down list.  If a name is not on the list, key as seen.
Hint: additional copies of this name are sometimes found on the bottom if this card written upside-down, and in the remarks.
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Given Name

Key the Given Name found on the left side of the card next to "Vorname", using the provided drop-down list.  If a name is not on the list, key as seen.
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Birth Day

Key the Birth Day found on the left side of the card next to "Geburtstag und ort".  The date appears in the day, month, year format.
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Birth Month

Key the Birth Month found on the left side of the card next to "Geburtstag und ort".  The date appears in the day, month, year format. The months are numeric on the records; however, select the full alpha spelling from the provided drop-down list.
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Birth Year

Key the Birth Year found on the left side of the card next to "Geburtstag und ort". The year must be keyed as either two or four digits.  The date appears in the day, month, year format.
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Birth Location

Key the Birth Location found on the left side of the card next to "Gebutstag und ort" following the birth date.  Key as seen.
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Religion

Key the Religion found on the left side of the card next to "Religion".  Key as seen.
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Father Given

Key the Father Given found on the left side of the card next to "Vorname des Vaters", using the provided drop-down list. If a name is not on the list, key as seen.
Hint: A second copy of this name may occasionally be found in the remarks.

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Mother Surname

Key the Mother Surname found on the left side of the card next to "Familenname der Mutter" using the provided drop-down list.  If a name is not on the list, key as seen.
Hint: A second copy of this name may occasionally be found in the remarks.

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Nationality

Key the Nationality found on the right side of the card next to "Staatsangehorigkeit".  Key as seen.
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Rank

Key the Rank found on the right side of the card next to "Dienstgrad".  Key as seen.
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Unit

Key the Unit found on the right side of the card next to "Truppenteil".  Key as seen.
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Company

Key the Company found on the right side of the card next to "Komp. Usw".  Key as seen.
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Civil Profession

Key the Civil Profession found on the right side of the card next to "Zivilberuf". Key as seen.
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Matriculation Number

Key the Matriculation Number found on the right side of the card next to "Stammrolle des Heimatstaates".  Key as seen.
Hint: this is often the same number as the Registration Number.

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Day of Capture

Key the Day of Capture found on the right side of the card next to "Gefangennahme (ort und datum)".  The date appears in the day, month, year format.
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Month of Capture

Key the Month of Capture found on the right side of the card next to "Gefangennahme (ort und datum)".  The date appears in the day, month, year format.  The months are numeric on the records; however, select the full alpha spelling from the provided drop-down list.
See Example

Year of Capture

Key the Year of Capture found on the right side of the card next to "Gefangennahme (ort und datum)".  The date appears in the day, month, year format.  The year must be keyed as either two or four digits.
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Place of Capture

Key the Place of Capture found on the right side of the card next to "Gefangennahme (ort und datum)" following the date of capture.  Key as seen.
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Physical Status at Capture

Key the Physical Status at Capture found on the right side of the card next to "Ob gesund, krank, verwundet" area.  Key as seen.  Usually only one of these entries will appear: gesund, krank, verwundet.
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Photo

From the provided drop-down list, select "Yes" if a photo is included on the card or "No" if a photo is not included.
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Fingerprint

From the provided drop-down list, select "Yes" if a fingerprint is included on the card or "No" if a fingerprint is not included.
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Remarks

From the provided drop-down list, select "Yes" or "No" indicating whether there are any more Remarks on the card.
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Personal Card 2

POW Camp

Key the POW Camp found in the upper left corner of the card next to "Kriegsgefangenenlager".  Key as seen. If more than one POW camp appears, key separated by a comma.
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Registration Number

Key the Registration Number found in the upper right corner of the card under "Beschriftung der Erkennungsmarke nr".  Key as seen.
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Surname

Key the Surname found on the left side of the card next to "Name", using the provided drop-down list.  If a name is not on the list, key as seen.
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Given Name

Key the Given Name found on the left side of the card next to "Vorname", using the provided drop-down list.  If a name is not on the list, key as seen.
See Example

Birth Day

Key the Birth Day found on the left side of the card next to "Geburtstag und ort".  The date appears in the day, month, year format.
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Birth Month

Key the Birth Month found on the left side of the card next to "Geburtstag und ort".  The date appears in the day, month, year format. The months are numeric on the records; however, select the full alpha spelling from the provided drop-down list.
See Example

Birth Year

Key the Birth Year found on the left side of the card next to "Geburtstag und ort". The year must be keyed as either two or four digits.  The date appears in the day, month, year format.
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Birth Location

Key the Birth Location found on the left side of the card next to "Gebutstag und ort" following the birth date.  Key as seen.
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Nationality

Key the Nationality found on the right side of the card next to "Staatsangehorigkeit".  Key as seen.
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Rank

Key the Rank found on the right side of the card next to "Dienstgrad".  Key as seen.
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Civil Profession

Key the Civil Profession found on the right side of the card next to "Zivilberuf". Key as seen.
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Degree of Working

Key the Degree of Working found on the right side of the card next to "Grad der Arbeitsfähigkeit".  Key as seen.
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Remarks

From the provided drop-down list, select "Yes" or "No" indicating whether there are any more Remarks on the card.
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Prisoner List

Surname

Key the Surname from the "Nazwisko" column using the provided drop-down list.  If a name is not on the list, key as seen.
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Given Name

Key the Given name from the "Imie" column, using the provided drop-down list.  If a name is not on the list, key as seen.
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Birth Year

Key the Birth Year from the "Data Ur." column.  The year must be four digits.
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Birth Location

Key the Birth Location from the "Miejsce Urodzenia" column.  Key as seen, using the "insert international characters" button as needed for diacritics.  If the record contains "b.d", key as seen.
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Father Given

Key the Father Given name from the "Imie Ojca" column using the provided drop-down list.  If a name is not on the list, key as seen. If the record contains "b.d", key as seen.
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Number of Cards

Key the Number of Cards found in the "Ilosc Kart" column.
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Registration Card

POW Camp

Key the POW Camp found in the upper left corner of the card under "Kriegsgefangenenlager".  Key as seen. If more than one POW camp appears, key separated by a comma.
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Registration Number

Key the Registration Number found in the upper right corner of the card under "Beschriftung der Erkennungsmarke".  Key as seen.
See Example

Surname

Key the Surname found on the left side of the card next to "Name", using the provided drop-down list.  If a name is not on the list, key as seen.
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Given Name

Key the Given Name found on the left side of the card next to "Vorname", using the provided drop-down list.  If a name is not on the list, key as seen.
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Nationality

Key the Nationality found on the right side of the card next to "Staatsangehorigkeit".  Key as seen.
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Ethnicity

Key the Ethnicity found on the left side of the card next to "Volkstum".  Key as seen.
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Rank

Key the Rank found on the right side of the card next to "Dienstgrad".  Key as seen.
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Unit

Key the Unit found on the left side of the card next to "Truppenteil".  Key as seen.
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POW Company

Key the POW Company found on the right side of the card next to "Gefangenen-Kp".  Key as seen.
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Work Assignment

Key the Work Assignment found on the right side of the card next to "Arb.Kdo".  Key as seen.
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Outside the Camp

Key the Outside the Camp information found on the right side of the card next to "Außerhalb des Lagers".  Key as seen.
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Remarks

From the provided drop-down list, select "Yes" or "No" indicating whether there are any more Remarks on the card.
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Card Backside

Nothing will be keyed from these cards. Select the form type: Card Backside

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