Source Information

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Ancestry.com. Poland, Krakow Apartments of Displaced Jews, 1940 (USHMM) [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.

This collection was indexed by World Memory Project contributors from the digitized holdings of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, RG-15.072M: Rada Zydowska miasta Krakowa (Sygn. 218). 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 Zydowska miasta Krakowa (Sygn. 218) [List of apartments of displaced Jews from Krakow, 1940, August]. Series RG-15.072M, Reel 1. Record Group 15: Poland. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C.

About Poland, Krakow Apartments of Displaced Jews, 1940 (USHMM)

About Poland, Kraków Apartments of Displaced Jews, 1940 (USHMM)

This collection contains an index of lists of apartments of displaced Jews from Kraków. These individuals were deported from Kraków in the summer of 1940. The original documents are held by the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, Poland.

Historical Background

After invading Poland, the German army occupied Kraków in the first week of September 1939. Some 56,000 Jews lived in Kraków and made up almost 25% of the total population. Military authorities initiated immediate measures aimed at isolating, exploiting, and persecuting the Jews of the city. They required Jews to report for forced labor, form a Jewish Council, identify themselves by means of a white armband with a blue Star of David, and register their property. In early March 1941, the Germans ordered the establishment of a ghetto.

What's in the Records

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

  • Name
  • Street Name
  • House Number
  • Apartment Number
  • Date of Residence

More information about Jews in Kraków during the Holocaust is available in the online Holocaust Encyclopedia.

Films of prewar Jewish life in Kazimierz, Kraków's Jewish quarter, and street scenes in Kraków are also available on the Museum’s website.

Click here to watch the video testimony of Tadeusz Pankiewicz, a Pole who ran a pharmacy within the confines of the Kraków ghetto.