Here is a unique private collection of archive documents covering the life of Jews in Eastern Galicia before the Holocaust.
After 1939 Lvov archives suffered catastrophic losses: there were seizures of documents for ideological reasons carried out by the new Soviet authorities, mass confiscations, and various relocations during the Nazi occupation... A vast array of valuable historical sources was irretrievably lost as a result of fires, floods, negligence, and indifference.
Many private collectors and owners of Jewish archive documents had to form their unique collections scrupulously, literally piece by piece for many years.
The private collection presented is a vivid example of such a unique collection, an invaluable source for the study of Jewish genealogy and history of the Holocaust.
The basis of the collection consists of about 3000 authentic Jewish documents that are mainly manuscripts dated from the late 19th century to mid-thirties of the 20th century. The major portion of the archive has been systematized and described on a publicly available Internet resource: jewisharchive.org