Guests are also welcome to visit the Arolsen Archives. The world’s most comprehensive archive on the victims of National Socialism is open to all.
We provide special information services for survivors and relatives of the victims of Nazi persecution. Researchers, academics and anyone with an interest in our holdings can research in our reading room. We recommend anyone who would like to know more about the history of the Arolsen Archives to visit to our exhibition “A Paper Monument”.
Family history on site
We warmly invite survivors and relatives of victims of Nazi persecution to come to Bad Arolsen. Here at the Arolsen Archives, you can see the originals of all the documents which contain information on the paths of persecution of the person(s) you are researching. Sometimes the signature on a piece of paper is the last remaining trace of a family member. This is just one example of why visitors attach so much importance to seeing original documents and not just copies. We make time for our visitors and are happy to tell you more about the significance of the various documents concerning the fates of individuals: we can explain how the documents were created and how they are to be understood in their historical context.
People of various different nationalities work at the Arolsen Archives, so we can often provide in-house translators for visitors from other countries. Please remember to register your visit in advance – this gives us time to retrieve the documents from the archive for you beforehand.
Research on site
Many of the documents in the Arolsen Archives have already been digitized and we are working hard to publish more and more of our holdings in our online database. You can access the entire database in our reading rooms in Bad Arolsen and use it for the purposes of research, educational projects, other projects or private searches, to mention but a few possibilities. Alternatively, our partner institutions in other countries also provide access to the entire database. Original documents which have not yet been digitized are also available to you, of course. However, you need to allow additional time for us to make them available to you. Our specialist library also contains over 10.000 publications.
If you have questions, please use our contact form.
Information on site
Why did the most comprehensive archive on victims and survivors of Nazi persecution come into being in Bad Arolsen? How was the search for missing persons organized from 1945 onwards? And what information are people searching for today?
Our exhibition “A Paper Monument” presents the eventful history of the search for missing persons and the documentation of Nazi crimes over the past seven decades.
Due to the current Corona crisis the permanent exhibition is unfortunately closed until further notice. On a virtual tour you can nonetheless explore the individual stations and topics online!
You can find more information about the exhibition here.