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 Tragedy of the Cap Arcona
The Tragedy of the Cap Arcona

On May 3, 1945, more than 6,000 concentration camp prisoners died in the Bay of Lübeck in one of the biggest shipping disasters in history. Still to this day, a large collection of documents kept in the Arolsen Archives helps give the victims their names back and clarify the fates of family members involved in the tragedy.

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