Source Information

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Ancestry.com. Poland, Modliborzyce Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (USHMM) [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2018.

This collection was indexed by World Memory Project contributors from the digitized holdings of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, RG-15.148M: Rada Żydowska w Modliborzycach (Judenrat) (Sygn. 256). For more information about this collection, click on the collection title above to access the USHMM’s catalog record, or email worldmemoryproject@ushmm.org.

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Original data:

Rada Żydowska w Modliborzycach (Judenrat) (Sygn. 256). Series RG-15.148M, Reels 1-3. Record Group 15: Poland. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C.

About Poland, Modliborzyce Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (USHMM)

About Register of the Jewish Population in Modliborzyce Ghetto

This database contains the names of the Jewish population in the Modliborzyce Ghetto. The registers were compiled by the Judenrat (Jewish Council) in Modliborzyce between 1941 and 1942. The original documents are held by the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, Poland.

Historical Context

Modliborzyce is located 36 miles south of Lublin, in eastern Poland. Jews were first mentioned in the village in the 17th century. In 1921, 957 Jews lived in Modliborzyce out of a total population of 1,913. German occupation began in September 1939 after extensive bombing by the Luftwaffe. In March of 1941, the Jewish population of Modliborzyce doubled with the arrival of approximately 1,000 Jews from Vienna. The Germans established a ghetto in the Jewish quarter of Modiborzyce where local Jews and Jews from Vienna were confined.

Extreme overcrowding and poor living conditions in the ghetto resulted in a high mortality rate. Able-bodied men were sent to forced labor camps. The ghetto was liquidated in October, 1942 with all inhabitants sent to Krasnik Ghetto and then to Belzec in November.

What’s in the Records?

Details vary by form, but this index may include the following:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Birth Date
  • Birthplace
  • Departure Place
  • Arrival Date
  • Previous Occupation
  • Current Occupation
  • Residence Year
  • Place of Residence
  • Parents’ Names