[Cz-L] News on the Bukovina & Transylvania Jewish Archives

From: Merle Kastner <merlek_at_videotron.ca>
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:28:06 -0500
Reply-To: Merle Kastner <merlek_at_videotron.ca>
To: Cznerowitz Discussion Group List <Czernowitz-L_at_cornell.edu>

Bukovina & Transylvania Jewish Archives:
The Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) at the Center for Jewish History in NYC
just launched a new online guide to the Jewish archives of southern
Bukovina and southern Transylvania, jbat.lbi.org.

The current website and database are products of an archival survey
conducted during the past year with financial support from the
Rothschild Foundation. Currently the database includes 10 cities in
southern Bukovina (Burdujeni, Chernivtsi, Campulung Moldovenesc, Gura
Homorului, Itcani, Radauti, Siret, Solca, Suceava, and Vatara Dornei)
plus Medias and Sibiu in southern Transylvania. Some of the original
documents (such as the Medias Jewish Birth Register, 1857-1885) were
digitally photographed and may now be viewed online.

At the web site launch on Monday, LBI announced that the grant was
extended for an additional three years so that the survey can be
expanded to more locations. Work in Brasov is scheduled to begin in

The repositories that are the subject of this project not part of the
State (national) Archives. They may be local county or municipal
archives, or private, non-governmental archives scattered among former
Jewish communities in Romania. The materials may be located in
synagogues, community centers, private homes, or who knows where else.
Some lack inventories, catalogs, or finding aids; when such guides do
exist, they are typically in hard copy and not digitally searchable.
In the worst cases, they are in complete disarray and subject to
environmental hazards, theft, or other threats.

In the meantime, it is wonderful to see the resources that have just
become accessible through this project.

Bob Friedman
Brooklyn, NY

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