Sunday, March 10, 2019

Holocaust Deaths - Registered Post-War

Many of those killed in the Holocaust did not have their deaths registered at that time.  However, in many cases, their deaths were officially registered post-war by surviving family members or friends.

Death of Nachman & Perl Feintuch

Nachman Feintuch (while he's initially recorded as Feintneh, the second page corrects it to Feintuch) was a cousin of my great grandmother.  I knew (from Yad Vashem) that he had been murdered in the Holocaust.  But it seems that someone registered his death--as well as that of his wife--in Budapest in 1953.

Thanks to Judy Petersen on the Genealogy Translations Facebook group, I know that both Nachman and his wife Perl are said to have died on January 15, 1945 in an unknown location.  (I don't know if this is a precise date of death or an estimate.)  I'm given the location where the Feintuchs lived before deportation (in Budapest, on Szazszorszep utca 12/14 in District XIV).  The couple had married in Tecso (today's Tiachev), in 1909.  The deaths were recorded on 1 Sep 1953 by Dr. Ferenc Endreyni, but it doesn't give information on who reported it, unfortunately.  Both have an unknown cause of death.

As I already knew, Nachman was born in Darva (today's Kolodne) on 29 Dec 1883.  His parents are given as Jakab FEINTNEH (corrected on the second page to Feintuch) and Eva Rutner (generally known by her Hebrew name, Yocheved, in the Kolodne records). 
Death of Nachman Feintuch, Page 2

Perl is listed as Mrs. Nachman Feinteh (corrected to Feintuch), given and maiden name Perl Adler-Kahan.  She was born in Tarackraszna (today's Krasna) on 9 Oct 1888; her mother was Szura ADLER, deceased.

As more death records from the 1940s and 1950s are coming online (and being indexed), I'm seeing more of these post-war registrations.  These may be the only record of these people's deaths, as well as the names of their parents, which can allow you to connect them to your family.  If (unlike this example), you're given the name of the person who reported the death, you could even find a family member who survived the war!

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  1. In Germany and the former German empire, a lot of these late death records we issued in the 1950s in Hesse.
    Did you find the death location yet?

    1. Yup, people don't think to look in the 1950s, but they were recording these even until the 1960s. He died in a labor battalion, but I don't yet know the exact location.

    2. Even more common in my family is the death notice in the upper right or left hand of a birth (or marriage! document), or even the bottom margin. These are never indexed. The holocaust ones seem to always be on the upper left or right, right before the addition of Israel or Sara to their name in 1939. These are usually 1948 to 1952. And of course these are never indexed.