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[Deportations from Westphalia 1933-1942]

 Collection
Identifier: AR 10911

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the names and basic data of 8,112 Jews living in Westphalia between 1933-1942, as provided by over 60 Westphalian communities between 1961 and 1963. It includes correspondence and lists of names generated as the result of a survey by the genealogist and Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Brilling at the Institutum Judaicum Delitzschianum in Muenster, Westphalia. Information mainly consists of names, date of birth, place of residence, date and destination of emigration, deportation or date of death. Note that these documents are photocopies of originals held by the Jüdisches Museum der Stadt Frankfurt am Main.

The collection also includes an inventory prepared by the Jüdisches Museum der Stadt Frankfurt am Main on March 3, 1998 (places, contents, physical description), with handwritten notes and colored marks for the different Westphalian districts (Muenster, Arnsberg, Minden/Detmold), as well as an introduction to and summary of the collection and Brilling's survey, prepared by Peter Lande in 1998: "Westphalian Jews and the Holocaust: an amazing find."

Lande also prepared a spreadsheet summarizing the Westphlian data Brilling collected. The columns are Family name, Maiden name, Personal name, Date of birth, Marital status, Place of birth, Source, Emigration date, Emigrated to, Deportation date, Deported to, Date of death, Moved to, and Notes. In his introductory essay, Lande notes that he did not transfer every piece of information; researchers might wish to consult Brilling's research in folders 2-4 to see if additional information about a particular person is available. See the Related Materials for links to the spreadsheet in PDF and Excel formats.

The following towns are mentioned: Ahaus, Ahlen (Westphalia), Allendorf, Alme, Altena, Altenberge, Altenboegge-Boenen, Amelunxen, Anholt, Anroechte, Arnsberg, Assinghausen, Atteln, Attendorn, Bad Driburg, Bad Sassendorf, Banfe, Beckum, Beddelhausen, Beelen, Bergkamen, Beringhausen, Berleburg, Beverungen, Bigge, Billerbeck, Blankenstein, Bocholt, Borgholz, Borgholzhausen, Borghorst, Bork, Borken, Bottrop, Brakel, Bredelar, Brilon, Bruchhausen, Burgsteinfurt, Canstein, Cappeln, Castrop-Rauxel, Coesfeld, Dahlhausen, Darfeld, Datteln, Dellwig, Dingden, Dorsten, Drensteinfurt, Duelmen, Elsoff, Epe, Erkeln, Erle, Erwitte, Eslohe, Etteln, Fischelbach, Freckenhorst, Freienohl, Froendenberg, Frohnhausen, Gelsenkirchen, Gemen, Gescher, Giershagen, Gladbeck, Gronau, Gross-Reken, Haaren, Hachen, Hallenberg, Haltern, Harsewinkel, Havixbeck, Hemer, Hemmerde, Herbede, Herbern, Herdecke, Herne, Herstelle, Herten, Hilchenbach, Hohenlimburg, Holzwickede, Hopsten, Horn, Horstmar, Hovestadt, Husen, Ibbenbueren, Iserlohn, Kaan-Marienborn, Kierspe, Klafeld, Koerbecke, Laasphe, Laer, Legden, Lembeck, Lendringsen, Lengerich, Lenhausen, Letmathe, Lichtenau, Lippstadt, Littfeld, Luedenscheid, Luedinghausen, Madfeld, Marl, Massen, Medebach, Meinerzhagen, Messinghausen, Metelen, Methler, Muenster, Natzungen, Neheim-Huesten, Neuenkirchen b. Rheine, Niedermarsberg, Nienborg, Nottuln, Ochtrup, Oelde, Oer-Erkenschwick, Oestinghausen, Oeventrup, Olpe, Olsberg, Ostenfelde, Osterwick, Plettenberg, Poembsen, Raesfeld, Ramsdorf, Recklinghausen, Rhede, Rheine, Ruethen, Schmallenberg, Schoeppingen, Schwerte, Selm, Siegen, Sprockhoevel, Stromberg, Suedlohn, Sundern, Telgte, Udorf, Velen, Vreden, Wadersloh, Waltrop, Warendorf, Warstein, Wasserkurl, Wattenscheid, Weidenau, Werl, Werne (Bochum), Werne an der Lippe, Werth, Weseke, Westbuederich, Westerholt, Westernkotten, Witten, Wolbeck, and Wulfen.

Dates

  • 1961-1963, 1997-1998

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in German, with an introductory essay in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Historical Note

Between 1961 and 1963, genealogist and Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Brilling (1906-1987) of the Institutum Judaicum Delitzschianum in Muenster, Westphalia contacted Westphalian communities to ascertain what was known of the fate of their Jewish communities during the Nazi period. Over 60 Westphalian communities responded, providing name, date of birth, place of residence, date and destination of emigration, deportation, or date of death. After Brilling's death, his papers (of which this survey forms just a small part) went to the Jüdisches Museum der Stadt Frankfurt am Main. In 1997-1998, researcher Peter Lande prepared a spreadsheet based on Brilling's survey.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Abstract

This collection contains the names and basic data of 8,112 Jews who lived in Westphalia between 1933-1942. It notes whether they moved, emigrated, or were deported. The data were provided to Dr. Bernhard Brilling by over 60 Westphalian communities between 1961 and 1963. Also included is an introduction to and summary of the collection and Brilling's survey, prepared by Peter Lande in 1998. The finding aid contains links to a spreadsheet of the data, also prepared by Lande.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Related Material

A PDF of Lande's spreadsheet summarizing Brilling's collected information about Westphalian Jews is found at DM 225.

The Excel spreadsheet can be downloaded here. This may be useful for researchers who wish to search or otherwise manipulate the data. A copy of this file is also stored in the LBI Digital Archive.

The Jewish Museum of Frankfurt (Jüdisches Museum der Stadt Frankfurt am Main) holds Bernhard Brilling's papers, described briefly here.

Processing Information

Materials were refoldered.
Title
Guide to the Deportations from Westphalia, 1933-1942 Collection 1961-1963, 1997-1998 AR 10911
Author
Processed by Kevin Schlottmann
Date
© 2014
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
Processing made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany. Digitization made possible by Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Revision Statements

  • April 2015: dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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