The Arolsen Archives and Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum collaborated for two years resulted in finding previously unknown identities of an estimated 4,000 camp inmates as well as information about 26,00 others. Currently 300,000 out of 400,000 inmates estimated to beheld at the camp identities are known. According to the museum’s digital archive head, that apart from the camp’s prisoners, another 905,00 people were brought there and exterminated upon arrival leaving no records.
The Arolsen Archives contain around 30 million documents, including the archives of the SS and the Gestapo and records from the concentration camps. Over the years, they have provided information to the families of former prisoners and they have only been opened up for academic research since 2007.
A total of 120,000 documents relating to Auschwitz inmates have been digitized as part of the project.
Among the discoveries were many records of Hungarian Jews who were transported to Auschwitz after May 1944 and whose names do not appear in any other archive.
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