Upgraded Internet Database of the Warsaw Ghetto and “Aryan” Warsaw

Redakcja / Editorial staff / English translation: Andrew Rajcher, 22nd July 2020
To mark the 78th anniversary of the Germans’ “great liquidation operation” of the Warsaw ghetto, the Centre for Holocaust Research, at the Polish Academy of Sciences, has launched an upgraded version of its Internet Database of the Warsaw Ghetto and “Aryan” Warsaw. The database has been completely renewed, supplemented with tens of thousands of new records, an interactive map and an atlas of the ghetto. We encourage all to search the new content and to take advantage of this important online tool's new functionality.

“12,583 places, 30,925 individuals, 31,230 events, 1,511 sources – this is provided to you from the completely upgraded and completed Internet Database of the Warsaw Ghetto and ‘Aryan’ Warsaw. We have managed to preapre a website which pays tribute to both the nameless and the identifed victims of the Holocaust, as well as to the rescuers and the rescued.”

The Centre for Holocaust Research, at the Polish Academy of Sciences has launched an upgraded version of its Internet Database of the Warsaw Ghetto and “Aryan” Warsaw. This has been achieved thanks to the efforts of many people whose tasks involved archival enquiry, data input and analysis, cartographic and geolocation activities and the creation of IT and graphics tools.

The New Version of the Database

The database has been enriched with a new graphic interface. Tools for searching and filtering queries have also been significantly improved. Using cartographic tools, it is possible to present selected data on a map, contemporary street grids can be overlayed with historical layers,both from the Warsaw ghetto and for the whole of Warsaw within prewar.

A “Ghetto Atlas” has also been added. Users will find that it contains a set of fourteen high-resolution plans of the ghetto, sourced form the publication Getto Warszawskie. Przewodnik po nieistniejącym mieście. Accompanying them is an essay by Prof. Jacek Leociak on the topography of the closed-off district of Warsaw. The database will continued to be added to and updated.

Work on the database was made possible thanks to a research project carried out by a team comprising Prof. Barbara Engelking, Agnieszka Haska and Jakub Petelewicz in the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, through a grant, from the National Science Centre, for a project entitled “Hiding in Warsaw on the ’Aryan Side”, 1940–1945 No. 2016/21/B/HS3/00577 as well as support from the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah.


» See the Internet Database of the Ghetto and “Aryan” Warsaw


» View an online event of the subject of the new version of the database