Most of the burial sites are unmarked, and some are mass graves, said Kirchmeier. Prisoners are categorized with humiliating descriptions such as "protruding ears" or "crooked teeth. She says she expects the archive to reveal a plethora of "mosaic stones" to complete the picture of the genocide rather than alter it.
She learned that he had been taken to Auschwitz in November before being deported to Buchenwald in Januarywhere he was registered as suffering from "general physical weakness. She stumbled on an exhumation report dated October 13, from a military cemetery in Neunburg, Bavaria stating that a previously unkown corpse had been identified as one Jozef Walkowski.
But researchers want to be able to apply different search criteria such as locations or themes. We often come too late. You sense this monolith that was built of pain and sorrow. But what I personally find very heartening is that in the midst of all this horror you find tiny rays of light, for example files of people who helped someone else or people recalling how they were hidden as children.
Since then, Wilhelm has agonized about what became of his mother, who his father was and whether he had any real relatives left. Now I know for sure for the first time when my birthday is.
The database processes some 20, searches per month. Wilhelm spent an unhappy childhood with a reluctant foster mother who brought him to Germany in and gave him her surname.
The German documents are infused with the racism of the Nazi era. Laminated files are put through a chemical treatment that separates print that has stuck to the plastic and reattaches it to the paper. There was no registration after that," said Flor.
She recalls one particularly moving instance in her research on death marches this year. He knows his mother returned to Poland after the war, married a Frenchman and is then believed to have emigrated to France.
At present, getting the information one wants from the ITS still requires a lot of sifting. It has overwhelmed me emotionally.
Bureaucratic Thoroughness Thankfully, German bureaucrats often recorded the ordeals of the victims with chilling thoroughness. Whole files are put in machines resembling large tumble driers that remove the acid corroding the documents. It was inand she was sent from their home in Lodz, in occupied Poland, to become a forced laborer in Germany.
It employs some 9, voluntary workers and has a paid staff of It will take years to sort and cross-reference all the information in the database. Or rather Zbiegniew Kazmierzak, which is his real name. I feel a new certainty growing me," said Thiem.
Last month, he received a letter from an organization called the International Tracing Service ITS in the town of Bad Arolsen, just 40 kilometers from his home in the central German town of Brilon.
Painstaking Reorganization The archive had increasingly been seen as hamstrung by its statute, overseen by an international commission of 11 countries, that placed the emphasis on the privacy of the data and restricted access to information to its own staff and to prosecutors in Nazi trials.
Another typical request comes from families in Russia, the Baltic States, Ukraine or Belarus that were torn apart when relatives who survived the Holocaust were stranded in western Europe at the end of the war.
His daughter is still alive. They also include forms filled out by displaced persons after the war in which they were asked to describe their experiences. Learning not just about history, but from it," says Urban.During World War II, Harley Notter was involved in post-war planning with various offices and committees.
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