Re: Arolsen Archives search available online!! #holocaust


The search feature at the Arolson Archives website is far from complete. If anyone wishes to get information from them, you really need to fill out an inquiry form  available on their website. I have used this method extensively for the last 10 years, but usually multiple requests are needed to get all the information you may need or want. I have visited the facility on several trips to Germany. The institute has undergone a major re-organization. The immense amount of records they have is far from being completely organized. The researcher that will help you fulfill your request is hindered by the incomplete organization of the stored records. That is why multiple requests is helpful, because chances are you will get a different research assistant who may locate  information that may have been missed by the previous research assistant. When I first visited Bad Aroloson, I was allowed to search the original documents. This is no longer possible, because of preservation concerns. This is by no means a criticism of their work, only an observation by someone who has extensively researched their holdings.

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