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      I am often asked, “Where do you get all the information that you write about in your weekly column?” The answer is as varied as the columns I write. Most of the material I get comes from any one or a combination of over 1,000 books in my private library. Various web sites on the Internet provide another major source. Here are a few of the hundreds of sites I have visited in the past year during my research.

 

        http://www.galiciajewishmuseum.org/ – The Galicia Jewish Museum In Krakow

        http://www.holocaustresearch.pl/index1(en).htm - Polish Center for Holocaust Research


        http://www.beisolam.jewish.org.pl/ - The Warsaw Jewish Cemetery


        http://fzp.jewish.org.pl/english/engind.html - The Polish Jews Forum


        http://www.jewishmuseum.org.pl/index - Museum Of The History of Polish Jews


        http://jewish.sites.warszawa.um.gov.pl/ - Jewish historical sites in Warsaw


        http://www.jewish.org.pl/wroclaw/english - The Jewish Community in Wroclaw


        http://www.dialog.org.main.html - Platform for Jewish-Polish Dialogue


        http://www.npajac.org/mission.html - National Polish American – Jewish American Council


        http://www.jewish.org.pl/english/foundati/TSKZ.html - Social and Cultural Association of Jews in Poland


        http://www.auschwitz-museum.oswiecim.pl/html/eng/ - Auschwitz /Birkenau


        http://www.ajcf.org/ - Auschwitz Jewish Center


        http://www.jewishinstitute.org.pl/ - Jewish Historical Institute


        http://www.jewishgen.org - Jewish Genealogy Society


        http://www.yorku.ca/tftf/ - The Mark and Gail Appel Program in Holocaust and Antiracism Education


        http://www.judaica.pl - Judaica Foundation – Center for Jewish Culture


        http://www.rslfoundation.org/ - The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation – Poland


        http://www.yivoinstitute.org/ - YIVO Institute for Jewish Research


        http://www.jewishgen.org/Galicia/ - Special Interest Group For Jews whose roots originate in Galicia


        http://www.routestoreroots.com/ - Tracing Jewish Roots in Poland, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus


        http://www.jewishfestival.pl/ - Jewish Culture Festival In Krakow


        http://www.wiesenthal.com - Simon Wiesenthal Center


        http://www.littman.co.uk/polin/ - Journal of Polish Jewish Studies


        http://www.midrasz.pl/ - Midrasz


        http://www.ushmm.org/ - U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum


        http://www.belzec.org.pl/ - The Museum of the Belzec Death Camp


        http://www.fodz.pl/ - The Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland


        www.jdc.org  – American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee


        www.wjc.org.il  – World Jewish Congress


        http://www.jafi.org.il/ - The Jewish Agency for Israel


        http://www.ecjc.org/  – The European Council of Jewish Communities


        http://www.jewishgen.org/cemetery/e-europe/poland.html  - International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies – Cemetery Project


        http://www.avotaynu.com/ - Avotaynu, Inc.


        http://www.mizkor.org/ - Holocaust education site


        http://www.yadvashem.org/ - Yad Vashem


        http://www.mznet.org/chamber/ Chamber of the Holocaust


        http://www.claimscon.org/ - The Claims Conference/Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

 

         Shmuel Ben Eliezer can be reached at jpolin2@aol.com

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