towns on Soviet Extra Ordinary commission list
- These towns are included on towns on the Soviet Extra Ordinary commission
list. For meaning, see below
Subject: Re: victims of the Ensatzgruppen (Extraordinary Commission Lists)
Following is a website that has a list of towns that were examined by
the Soviet Extra Ordinary commission. The list of towns was published as
Appendix C of "How to Document Victims and Locate Survivors of the
Holocaust" by Gary Mokotoff.
<http://www.avotaynu.com/Holocaust/appendixc.htm>. The list has many
towns from Belarus. I have been told that most of them have name lists
that include Jews as well as non Jews, as you can see if you look at the
lists from Bragin, Lida, Urechye, and Glussk.
The lists are in Russian script and are available from the US Holocaust
Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington DC. They are in Russian script.
The USHMM plans to get all the name lists from the Extraordinary
Commission Reports translated and put into a database. When this will
be done is not known.
I hope that future lists will be put on the Belarus SIG website so that
they can be searched from the All Belarus Database
If anyone who can read Russian script desires to have one or more of
theses lists translated and donate the translation to the Belarus SIG
for use on the website, I will mail you the list. If someone want to do
another list from those shown on
<http://www.avotaynu.com/Holocaust/appendixc.htm>, I will try and get
them from the USHMM.
The Detroit News in a article dated Jauuary 1, 1996, provides some
interesting background of previous secret Soviet files.
David M. Fox
Arnold, MD USA
Belarus SIG Coordinator
Another source is the reports of the Soviet Extraordinary Commission. It
is a tremendous step forward that the US Holocaust MEmorial Museum now has
a microfilm copy of this material, and that sections can be ordered from
USHMM. The collection is described at
The records are generally handwritten, and the quality of the penmanship
varies, as does the darkness of the ink. Some portions were typed, and
sometimes it looks as if it were typed with a ribbon that should
have been retired months ago. However, when one considers these reports
were compiled in 1944, while there was still a war on, one which taxed the
Soviet Union to its utmost, it's amazing that these records exist at all.
In addition to the name lists, there is a preface outlining the events in
that locality. The original records are, of course, in Russian. For an
example of this material, see
http://members.nbci.com/newhoir/lida-site/was-area.htm & scroll down to
"Holcaust in Vasilishki".