A German-based tracing service has just changed its name and streamlined its operation in order to make its operation more efficient.
Formerly known as the International Tracing Service, the Arolsen Archives International Center on Nazi Persecution has published online more than 13 million documents, containing information on more than 2.2 million people, from Nazi concentration camps.
The project was undertaken together in partnership with the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum and Center in Jerusalem.
“Our archive bears testimony to the atrocities perpetrated by the National Socialists,” Floriane Azoulay, director of the Arolsen Archives, said in a statement.
“Soon there won’t be any survivors left to tell us about them. That is why it is so important that the original documents can speak to coming generations in their place.”
The millions of documents and data on Holocaust victims and others persecuted by the Third Reich, including death notices and prisoner cards, are part of the UNESCO World Documentary Heritage and a key component of the Arolsen Archives collection.
This database is to be followed by several other large collections that are to be posted on the internet in the future.