Source Information

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Ancestry.com. Będzin, Poland, List of Jewish Citizens, 1940-1946 (USHMM) [database on-line]. Lehi, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2022.

This collection was indexed by World Memory Project contributors from the digitized holdings of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Centralna Rada Starszych Gmin Żydowskich w Będzinie (Sygn. 212).

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Original data:

Centralna Rada Starszych Gmin Żydowskich w Będzinie (Sygn. 212). Series RG-15.060M. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C.

About Będzin, Poland, List of Jewish Citizens, 1940-1946 (USHMM)

About this collection

This database contains names from the following source: list of Jews in Będzin; identification cards of some Jews from Będzin; a list of Jews deported during liquidation actions in the Będzin area; a list of Jewish intellectuals killed by the Nazis; an alphabetical population list of Jews in Będzin from 1942 to 1943; a list of Jews sent to the camp in Sosnowiec; and documents relating to the plunder and confiscation of Jewish property. The original records are held by the Żydowski Instytut Historyczny im. Emanuela Ringelbluma

Historical Background

Będzin is located in southern Poland and has had a Jewish population since the thirteenth century. Over the centuries, the Jewish population grew. In 1921, the Jewish population was 17,298 (62.1% of the town’s total); this number increased to 21,625 (45.5%) in 1931. Soon after invading occupying the town in the beginning of September 1939, the Wermacht set fire to the synagogue and surrounding Jewish houses in the town. By May 1940, there were 24,495 Jews in Będzin. Mass deportations to Auschwitz began in May 1942, with another following on 1 August 1942. The final extermination began in August 1943.

Bibliography

Wodziński, Marcin. "Będzin." The Yivo Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. Accessed July 19, 2022. https://yivoencyclopedia.org/article.aspx/Bedzin.

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