Jewish genealogy society will meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, April 30, from 2-4 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month the topic will be “The 1939 German Minority Census” and the speaker will be Michael Simonson.

The German Minority Census of 1939 was an enumeration by the Nazi authorities of over 400,000 Jews who lived in Germany, annexed Austria, and the Sudetenland in Spring 1939. It serves today as an important genealogical resource as well as a tool for understanding German-Jewish history and a record of victims of the Shoah.

Michael Simonson is an archivist at the Leo Baeck Institute in Manhattan, which holds the entire census on microfilm. He works closely with genealogists using the LBI and his genealogical skills have been called upon to solve cases of book restitution to descendants of the families of original owners.

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