Tarnów Ghetto Residents Mug Shots

Project to index Tarnów Ghetto Mug Shots at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

In March, 1942 the Vienna Museum of Natural History took a series of “mug shots” of several hundred residents of the Tarnów ghetto, shortly before these people were deported (mainly to Auschwitz). For most individuals there are three facial photographs: front, slightly turned and side profiles. Many of the people photographed do NOT appear in ITS records, but fortunately the photographs were documented with information that will be of interest to family researchers:

  • surname
  • given name
  • maiden name (of married women)
  • birth date
  • birth town
  • occupation
  • level of education
  • house address

The list of surnames may be found at the following link: Tarnów Ghetto Residents

This photograph collection is now held by the Photo Archives at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. If you find family members in the index from this data collection you may ask for an copy of your relatives’ photographs by mailing a request to the Photo Archives at the USHMM. You should reference the person’s name and WSNO number from the relevant record(s). The request must be signed and include the statement that the photograph(s) will not be used for any commercial purpose. The USHMM has graciously offered that these digital copies will be made available at no charge.