[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] EWZ immigration films at Mennonite Archives

Karl Krueger dabookk54 at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 1 03:48:38 PST 2013

Dear Helen,
Their link shows that they have a smattering of EWZ50 films. So if the people you are looking for happen to be on any of them you are in luck. EWZ50 covers pre-WW II Soviet Union. These are full applications, unlike EWZ57 which is normally uninformative except you can learn a person's Stammblatt number from it. EWZ57 also covers the entire gamut of EWZ applicants, not just 1939-40 or those around Galicia and Volhynia. I even saw many coming from western European countries in my perusing EWZ57. Therfore I think EWZ57 will also have many other people not found in EWZ50-54.


 From: Helen Gillespie <gilleh23 at gmail.com>
To: SGGEE <ger-poland-volhynia at sggee.org> 
Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 1:04 PM
Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] EWZ immigration films at Mennonite Archives

There is a Mennonite Archives of Ontario based at the University of
Waterloo in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario.  The main page lists the contents
of their archives.  In particular I noted that they hold some 199
microfilms of the EWZ - Einwandererzentralstelle (Immigration Center) of
the German government films in their collection, but also note other
holders of the films in archives in Canada and the US. Some of the films
have been indexed (and online ) for Mennonites but if you are within
driving distance of any of these facilities it may be worth a look at these
films if your ancestors were in the post-WWII wave of ethnic German
immigrants.  Borrowing fees from LDS are about $8 for a short term, more
for longer term. Each of the individual records does give the religious


However in my experience  reading some of tahe microfilms in the *EWZ57
series which are dated mostly in 1939-1940, they contain *the Galician and
Wolhynian immmigrants. The other series - EWZ50 and EWZ58 - were from other
areas where ethnic Germans lived.

In addition there is some other useful information and links.

Helen Gillespie
Ger-Poland-Volhynia site list
Ger-Poland-Volhynia at sggee.org

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