Living History

The documents in the Arolsen Archives help document the paths of persecution of people who were murdered. But they also show how survivors set about finding their feet and making a new life for themselves after 1945. The inquiries we receive on a daily basis give us insights into the personal fates of individuals. We would like to share some of their stories with you.

Biographical documents and general documents from the Arolsen Archives provide the starting point for the web-docs in “Living History”. Additional resources are also included, such as information about the time before the persecution began and photos given to us by family members on their visits to the archive, for example. It is extremely important to the families that memories of their loved ones be kept alive.

 The memory of Norwegian prisoners
The memory of Norwegian prisoners

More than 9,000 Norwegians were imprisoned in German concentration camps. Most of them were young people who had fought against the Nazi occupation of their country. When they were arrested, all of their personal belongings were taken from them. Some of these personal effects wound up in the Arolsen Archives.

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