Arolsen Archives Has 26 Million Documents Online About Victims of Nazi Persecution #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen



In a press release shared April 14, the Arolsen Archives announced they have 26 million documents with information on 21 million names of victims about victims of Nazi persecution online. It was last November when it was reported on this forum that they  had added 10 million names from 850,000 records. The press release states, “ The Arolsen Archives have recently expanded the collections on the internet to include documents on forced laborers and on deportations to concentration camps. This means that the majority of the documents in the world’s most comprehensive archive on Nazi persecution are now accessible online.”


This achievement occurred in less than one year between the Arolsen Archives and their partner, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center Yad Vashem, Israel. The new online archive was launched in May 2019 with 13 million documents.


There are two collections that went online:

Card index of forced laborers – original documents and copies of documents about millions of forced laborers that make it possible to trace the fates of individuals: registration cards, questionnaires, correspondence

Deportations – of Jews, Roma and Sinti from the former German empire, Austria, Bohemia, and Moravia: transport and deportation lists with information about millions of people deported to concentration camps and ghettoes.

Spelling may be different on different documents, therefore some people may be counted more than once.

To read the press release see:

This is in English. It is also available in German if you click on the EN in the upper right hand corner you can chose German.

To access the online archive go to:  You will have to agree to their terms and conditions to access the records.  You will then be directed to the search area.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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