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Bremen Passenger Lists, 1920-1939


Searchable database of passengers leaving Bremen for the years 1920 to 1939. Also includes some passenger lists and a card index for 1907/08 and 1913/14.

Access Locations: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), All Branch Libraries, Outside the Library

Subjects: History; Genealogy

Notes: Bremen emigration lists began to be recorded in 1832. Unfortunately, from 1875-1908, staff of the Nachweisungsbureau (Information Office for Emigrants) destroyed all lists older than 3 years for lack of space. They began saving the records after 1908, but most were lost in World War II except for 2,953 emigration lists for the years 1920-1939. These saved lists had been stowed away in a salt mine at Bernburg an der Saale in 1942 and were transferred into the custody of Moscow Archives at the end of WWII. In the late 1980s, those lists were given back to the Bremen Chamber of Commerce. The digitization was done by an agreement between the Bremen Chamber of Commerce and the Bremen Society for Genealogical Investigation.

Dates of Coverage: 1920-1939

Format: Web