The Reichsanzeiger listings with Elly's record were posted just two weeks ago

JewishGen.org does yeoman work in making available data sets of vital and historical records to genealogy enthusiasts like me. As much as has already been indexed and put online, there are dozens of ongoing indexing projects that provide a continuous influx of new content into the JewishGen databases. The projects are rigorous in their sourcing and verification of data before any new assets are posted to the JewishGen databases. This is a necessary requirement to eliminate errors and ensure quality control in the databases, but it works to slow the production and availability of new content. 

I know a little about this from my work with the JewishGen Danzing Special Interest Group, where I'm involved in an indexing project for 40 years of civic vital records. Each registry volume of about 200 records in old German script is examined by two independent indexers. Only when their data is in agreement is it considered verified. It is painstaking work, and it has taken our small group several years to post our first tranche of data. 

JewishGen's Holocaust Database Project has a team of up to 100 group leaders, transcribers and validators led by project leader Nolan Altman. That's the group that this month updated the JewishGen Holocaust database with the 90,000 records from the Herbert Beritt spreadsheet. This includes a list previously published in book form (but not available online) and other records collected by Beritt, including Elly Ringel's, that have never previously been compiled in any form. 

On August 13, 2020, JewishGen announced the publication in a press release. Read it below. And thank you to the JewishGen for bringing so much quality information to researchers like me.

New Holocaust Database Set: Revoked Citizenship and Property Seizures, 1933-1945

by Nolan Altman, Director of Special Projects – Holocaust Database

JewishGen is pleased to announce that a 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 form by K.G. Saur, Die Ausbürgerung deutscher Staatsangehoriger 1933-1945 (The Expatriation of German Citizens, 1933-1945).  However, persons resident outside Germany, as well as firms whose names/assets had been seized, were not included. The nature/location of property/assets which had been seized was not identified. 

The information contained in this database came from Herbert Birett, a German researcher. The original data can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/y7w4ue6j. Reformatting was done by JewishGen volunteers. 

To learn more about this data set, please see: https://www.jewishgen.org/databases/holocaust/RevokedGermanCitizenship.html

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