(Czech Republic) Czech Website on the Holocaust Launches Database of Victims Labeled "cikáni" by the Nazis and their Accomplices #holocaust # austria-czech #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen

The Database of Victims maintained by the Institute for the Terezín Initiative has now published data about the victims of the Holocaust labeled "cikáni" by the Nazis and their accomplices on Czech territory during the Second World War. (PHOTO: holocaust.cz)


A database at https://www.holocaust.cz/en/main-2/ has a new section of containing data about more victims of racial persecution in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, those who were labeled "cikáni" during the Second World War. It was launched on 13 May 2020. Those labeled this way affected most of the Roma and Sinti people during the Second World War who were living on the territory of what is today the Czech Republic. Currently data is available there about the people who perished in the Protectorate's "Cikánský camp" (the "Zigeunerlager" or "CT Lety") at Lety u Písku, which was in operation from August 1942 to August 1943.


Since its establishment in 1993, the Institute of the Terezín Initiative (ITI - Institut Terezínské iniciativy) http://www.terezinstudies.cz/index.html (it is in both Czech and English),  has been systematically dedicated to the commemoration of the Holocaust and research about Holocaust victims, and since 2008 it has published a Database of Victims at holocaust.cz. Information was first published there about those victims who had been labeled "Jews" according to the Nuremberg Laws then in effect.


The Database of Victims draws from the data published in the Terezín Book of Memory (Terezínská pamětní kniha, vols. 1 and 2) http://www.terezinstudies.cz/sd/publications/terezinske-pametni-knihy/miroslav-karny-kol-terezinska-pametni-kniha.html, which were published in 1995 by Melantrich and the Terezín Initiative and contain data about the Jewish victims of the Nazi deportations from Bohemia and Moravia that took place from 1941 to 1945.


The Database of Victims has two sections, a public-facing section and one that is not accessible by the public. The public section is accessible at https://www.holocaust.cz/en/main-2/ and contains data just about persons who were murdered or who died as a consequence of their imprisonment.  For privacy reasons they did not publish data about survivors or about those whose fates have not yet been traced.  It is possible to access data on the basis of a research request.


In the public section of the database, identification information is published about prisoners who died in the "Cikánský camp" at Lety between August 1942 and August 1943, the time it was in operation.


The database includes name and surname, a date and place of birth, length of iprisonment and a data and place of death.


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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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