Polish Aliyah Passports

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Accessing the Passport Data

Scans of passports may be ordered directly from the Jewish Genealogy & Family Heritage Center at The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute. Click here to send email.

Researchers with an interest in passports for family members must identify themselves as relatives when requesting copies of the passports from the Family Heritage Center at the Jewish Historical Institute.

There are more than 2600 different surnames represented in the Passports.

JRI-Poland had developed a list of all surnames in the Polish Passports file, correlating each surname to the towns of birth and residence associated with that surnames in the file. Checking this SURNAME/Town list may refresh your memory about the names of family members you may have forgotten and for whom you can now search.

Click here for a list of all SURNAMES extracted from the Polish Passports file, along with the towns of birth and residence that apply to these surnames.

Background to the Polish Aliyah Passport Project

In the 1930s as the shadow of history was lengthening over the Jews of Europe, several thousand Polish Jews managed to emigrate to what was then British Mandate Palestine. The 'Passports' collection in the Archives of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland (Warsaw) consists of 3,754 Polish passports issued primarily during this period.

The data in this passport file has been added to the Jewish Records Indexing-Poland database and is searchable by surname. We want to thank the contributors to JRI-Poland's Aliyah Passport Project for helping the project become fully funded. We also especially want to thank Michael Tobias and Howard Fink of JRI-Poland, as well as Yale Reisner and Ania Przybyszewska of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, as well as the Jewish Genealogical Society Inc. (New York) for their important roles in this historic project.

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Nosek Lewkowicz (Goworowo)

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Fradel Landau and children (Krakow)

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Szaja and Estera Korn (Tymbark)

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Passport Stamps

These passports not only bear photos and signatures of the bearers (in most cases), but the various official stamps and seals that appear inside trace the entire route taken by the emigrant and (on occasion) onward travels to other countries, providing precise dates for each leg of the journey.

Passports include date of birth, place of birth, last place of residence, occupation and civil status (single, married, etc.). The name of the child or the number of children appear in some instances.

This collection spans the years 1929 to 1939. Following the invasion of Poland in 1939, it was no longer possible for Polish consulates abroad (which continued to operate) to send used/expired passports back to Warsaw. As a result, the passports of later Polish immigrants to Palestine remained in Palestine.

Towns

Because Inter-war Poland included areas that are now part of Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine, there are passports from towns such as Pinsk, Grodno, Kobryn, and Lida, now in Belarus, from Wilno and Ejszyszki, now in Lithuania, and from Lwow and Stanislawow (Ivano Frankovsk), now in Ukraine.

References to German towns as places of birth are typically for the children of Polish Jews living in Germany. They were considered subjects of Poland. Click here for a list of all towns and villages mentioned as places of birth in the Polish Passports file. This list does not include towns mentioned only as places of residence.

For inquiries related to this project, please contact Polish Passport Project Coordinator Judy Baston.