Source Information

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Ancestry.com. Poland, Prisoners of War in Lublin, 1939-1941 (USHMM) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

This collection was indexed by World Memory Project contributors from the digitized holdings of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, RG-15.059M: Kartoteka Je?cow Wojennych Zydow z obozu w Lublinie (Sygn. 208). For more information about this collection, click on the collection title above to access the USHMM’s catalog record, or email worldmemoryproject@ushmm.org.

The World Memory Project is part of the Ancestry.com World Archives Project - a community collaborative effort that allows thousands of people around the world to help preserve history that would otherwise be lost. Click here to see additional World Memory Project collections.

About Poland, Prisoners of War in Lublin, 1939-1941 (USHMM)

This database contains information from registration cards for prisoners of war from the Kresy Wschodnie area of eastern Poland. Many of these prisoners were held in various camps around Lublin, Poland, from 1939 to 1941 and were later killed in Majdanek, a killing center in the Generalgouvernement (General Government) of Poland. The original documents are held by the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, Poland.

What’s in the Records

While this database does not include images of the cards, the index entries for individuals may include details such as

  • name
  • birth date
  • birthplace
  • father
  • mother
  • nationality
  • religion
  • profession
  • date and place of capture
  • photo
  • fingerprint
  • POW camp
  • registration number
  • rank
  • unit
  • company matriculation number
  • ethnicity
  • POW company
  • work assignment
  • physical status

Details in the entries will vary depending on what information was provided on the original card.

Ordering Records

Additional details about these victims may be included in the original records. While the index is freely accessible from Ancestry.com, the images of these records are not available in this database. Copies of the images can be ordered at no cost from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Click here for ordering information.

Historical Background

More information about Majdanek is available in the online Holocaust Encyclopedia .

Click here to see video footage from Majdanek. Note: Due to the graphic nature of this footage, viewer discretion is advised.