reconciling difference between family lore and Arolsen Archive information #france #holocaust


Hi Aline

As far as I know Mittelbau-Dora was a subcamp of Buchenwald not of Auschwitz. There is a website about Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora.

At the end of the war many prisoners from Auschwitz were sent to other camps like Mauthausen, some with trains, but many on the so-called "death march".

The Arolsen Archives have some records of Mauthausen online, but there is also a website about Mauthausen camp.

The deceased of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp

Did you seearch with different spellings of the surname on the Arolsen Archives? Sometimes I found one and the same person with different spellings there.


Corinne Iten


The answer id very simple as I know from my father story and historical facts. The prisoners of Auschwitz started on January 1945 the so-called “death march” into Germany and those who stay alive arrived also to Mauthausen where they were liberated by the USA army on 6th May 1945. Check again the Arolsen archives as they should have the personal liberation details.

Vered Dayan

Not a direct answer to your question, but your family lore and the document you found don't necessarily contradict. Your uncle may have spent time in more than one camp. Actually some people, especially those fit for work, were often transferred from one camp to another 5,6,7 times across Europe. Perhaps as the ITS digitizes more of its holdings you will find his name in other lists as well.
Vered Dayan

Aline Petzold

Hello all:
 I have been researching the background of my paternal uncle, Daniel Sternberg, ( my father's oldest brother).  Through the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC and the Arolsen Archives in Germany, I found that he was interned at  Mittelbau, a subcamp of Auschwitz #2.  I have  recently learned that Daniel had a daughter, who is still living.  She was told that her father was a prisoner at Mauthausen in Austria.  I am wondering how I can determine whether this information was "family lore"  or if my Uncle Daniel did in fact spend time at Mauthausen  and if so, when and how long?  Thanks for your help.
Aline Petzold
St. Paul MN USA