JewishGen Adds New Holocaust Database: Reichsanzeiger (Revoked Citizenship and Property Seizures) 1933-1945

JewishGen is pleased to announce that this new significant data set,  Reichsanzeiger  –  Revoked Citizenship and Property Seizures 1933-1945,  has been added to the Holocaust Database. Beginning in 1933, the German Government revoked German citizenship for tens of thousands of German Jews as well as persons seen as political opponents,  e.g . communists.  This affected not only persons resident in Germany, but also persons who had left Germany and were resident in other countries.  It took similar action against persons resident in parts of Czechoslovakia which had been annexed.  Less well known was the revocation of business licenses or even seizure of firms which had been owned by Jews or political opponents.   These public actions, totaling nearly 90,000 names of persons and firms, mixed together, were regularly published in the  Reichsanzeiger , the German equivalent of the  Federal Registry.   In 1985, a compilation of the citizenship revocations was published in book f

New Records Added to the Latvia Database: Passport Issuance Books 1919-1941

The JewishGen Latvia Research Division has great news – the addition of a new database to JewishGen. The Passport Issuance Books 1919-1941 have been placed online by Family Search and I have extracted the Jewish entries for Jekabpils formerly Jakobstadt. These were Internal Passports issued whenever a person wanted to travel way from home within the Russian Empire. In 1919 Latvia became Independent but the rules applied. Each record has the link to the original on the FamilySearch site and as they have photos of the Individuals are a particularly valuable resource. There are very few photos missing. It is always advisable to read the Introduction to any Database as well as doing a search as you get valuable information about the Database. There are 726 records. Some family names are more common than others and for example it you search the name Rotbardt you get 52 results for your search. When searching on the Jewishgen Latvia Database the new hits will be in the database entitled Pass