Thursday, September 6, 2012

Search for Children Born to Jewish Refugees in Cyprus

Yitzhak Teutsch, director of the Joint Distribution Committee's archives in Jerusalem, is trying to document more than 2,000 babies born to Jewish refugees in camps in Cyprus between 1946 and 1949.  He is researching in many archives to try to create a full list of names.

Between 1946 and 1949, several thousand Jews who tried to immigrate to Israel were deported to twelve detention camps in Cyprus.  Almost all were survivors of Nazi death camps.  Many children were born in the detention camps, but complete records of these births seem not to exist.  Teutsch has taken it upon himself to create a comprehensive list of the births.  He is also making contact with many of the Cyprus-born children.

The story of Teutsch's research is available in Hebrew and in English.

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