Sunday, November 19, 2006

A holocaust archive in Germany is going public next year

The Associated Press has published the first article in a series about the largest archive of Nazi prison records.

This vast archive — 16 miles of files in six nondescript buildings in [Bad Arolsen], a German spa town — contains the fullest records of Nazi persecutions in existence. But because of concerns about the victims’ privacy, the ITS has kept the files closed to the public for half a century, doling out information in minimal amounts to survivors or their descendants on a strict need-to-know basis....

... the files occupy a former barracks of the Waffen-SS, the Nazi Party’s elite force. They are stored in long corridors of drab cabinets and neatly stenciled binders packed into floor-to-ceiling metal shelves. Their index cards alone fill three large rooms.

Another subject is the sheer scope of the Holocaust system. The files will support new research from other sources showing that the network of concentration camps, ghettos and labor camps was nearly three times more extensive than previously thought.

Postwar historians estimated about 5,000 to 7,000 detention sites. But after the Cold War ended, records began pouring out of the former communist nations of East Europe. More sites were disclosed in the last six years in claims by 1.6 million people for slave labor reparations from a $6.6 billion fund financed by the German government and some 3,000 industries.

“We have identified somewhere in the neighborhood of 20,000 camps and ghettos of various categories,” said Geoffrey Megargee of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, who is compiling a seven-volume encyclopedia of these detention centers.


Blogger Michael Metrinick's Bloc said...

For those that might be interested there is a great new Online Holocaust Resource.

Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team

maintains a website at:

3:12 PM  
Blogger Sergey Romanov said...

Just a warning:

H.E.A.R.T. ( is an unreliable "education" site.

Its founder was involved in forgeries fiasco:

Its webmaster is known for spamming, vulgar messages and more:

And the information on the site is sometimes laughingly unreliable:

Think twice before using anything from that site.

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Anonymous Marcus Hatmel said...

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