Geographical Dictionary of 19th Century Poland

The “Slownik geograficzny Krolestwa Polskiego” gives a historical and physical description of almost all cities, towns, villages and hamlets in Poland and nearby Slavic countries along with mention of historically important events, buildings such as churches and personages.
Most important is the fact that the descriptions are circa 1880 to 1902, or about the time when most Poles were starting to leave Poland.
The Polish Genealogical Society of America offers a CD-ROM-edition. The dictionary is also available in archives and libraries.

Biographical Handbook of Rabbis

As tip of this month we recommend the following publication: “Biographisches
Handbuch der Rabbiner” [=Biographical Handbook of Rabbis] which refers to
Central Europe in the time between 1781 and 1871.
This handbook contains nearly 2000 single biographies of Rabbis with extensive and detailed references. The references are divided in :

1. archival references to biographies of the Rabbis
2. publications of the Rabbis
3. publications about the Rabbis
4. publications of the disciples of the Rabbis

A geographical index completes this remarkable and impressive edition. (Publisher’s announcement => English

Berlin Document Center at Bundesarchiv

The Berlin Document Center (BDC) was built after World War II under the authority of US-Army for use in war crimes and denazification trials. It is the largest repository of personnel and membership records of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) and its affiliated organizations.
The records of the BDC contain both biographical files and nonbiographical materials. The biographical files, which make up the bulk of the collection, contain Nazi Party membership records and personnel records of the SS, SA, and other affiliated party and state agencies. In 1996 the records of the BDC were transferred to the Bundesarchiv in Berlin-Lichterfelde. A detailed description
in English, including the conditions of access to these materials we found here in the interdisciplinary discussion-group H-Net

Central State Archives Moscow – Military Archive

Our tip for the month of April is the German-speaking webpage sonderarchiv.de about the Central Military Archive in Moscow. This archive containes mainly repositories of the Reichssicherheitshauptamt (RSHA) and subordinate administration departements. The records were produced by these institutions themselves or transferred to them by other communal or public authorities. Also materials confiscated by the Reichssicherheitshautpamt either in Germany or in the occupied territories belong to the Moscow archive.