Arolsen Archives #holocaust #records

Jan Meisels Allen


The Arolsen Archives and Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum collaborated for two years which resulted in finding previously unknown identities of an estimated 4,000 camp inmates as well as information about 26,00 others. Currently 300,000 out of 400,000 inmates estimated to beheld at the camp identities are known.  According to the museum’s digital archive head, that apart from the camp’s prisoners, another 905,00 people were brought there and exterminated upon arrival leaving no records.


The Arolsen Archives contain around 30 million documents, including the archives of the SS and the Gestapo and records from the concentration camps.  Over the years, they have provided information to the families of former prisoners and they have only been opened up for academic research since 2007.


A total of 120,000 documents relating to Auschwitz inmates have been digitized as part of the project.


Among the discoveries were many records of Hungarian Jews who were transported to Auschwitz after May 1944 and whose names do not appear in any other archive.


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The Arolsen Archives website is:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Sally Mann

contacted Arolsen archives several years ago and never received a reply
Sally Steiner Mann

Jan Meisels Allen

Sally said she never received a response from Arolsen. When I wrote to them years ago they replied they had nothing. Now that their materials are online a cousin found 28 pages of documents that broke several brick walls including learning that my mgm had 3 sisters not 2 and their names, including one's married name, and her son who immigrated to Israel  in 1947.  It’s always worth looking again especially since the materials are online at no cost.


Jan Meisels Allen

Agoura Hills, CA, USA


REICH, WALD, ZUPNIK, Presov, Mestiszko, Szivdnik; Salgo, Sebes Kellemes,Slovakia (formerly Hungary)


 KLAJNMAN, MICHELBERG, SYK, SZLANG, TYKULSKIER Sochaczew, Chorzele, and Zakroczym Poland



 GUTFARB --Zambrow, Poland ASZ, Nasielsk, Poland  ELION, Suwalki Lithuania



David Seldner

My experience with Arolsen: in the 90s I wrote them and they confirmed my request. It took them approx. 6 years to answer and tell me where and when my Grandfather had perished.
Last year I wrote them an email asking about my Grandmother (who survived) and a few more relatives. I received a few pdf files a few weeks later with a lot of information. So I would recommend Sally to simply try it again.

Good luck and best regards,
David Seldner, Karlsruhe, Germany


I continue to volunteer to digitize Buchenwald records through The ones they were asking for Auschwitz a few months back appear to be done. Anyone who wants more digitized records from Arolsen or other keepers of records should volunteer!

Marijke Bekken