"Originally, we planned to have these records open to the public for only the month of October. However, due to the popularity of this collection, we have decided to keep the records open free to the public through the rest of this year. This will enable more people to search and explore the original records from the National Archives. On January 1, 2010 these records will become part of the paid subscription on Footnote.com. These records, however, will remain free to access through any of the National Archives physical locations. [...] The url for the microsite where these records can be accessed is: http://go.footnote.com/holocaust_records ."Ol' Myrt here did a little research and discovered that the collection includes:
- Ardelia Hall Collection -- intelligence reports, interrogation reports, captured documents, and general information regarding Nazi looting.
- War Crimes Collection -- The documents are transcripts, in German, of trial testimony, clemency petitions, affidavits, prosecution exhibits, photographs of concentration camps, etc., as well as original German documents used as evidence in the prosecution of the numerous war crimes cases.
- Captured German Records -- The majority of this collection consists of concentration camp records, including releases, transfers and deaths lists. There are daily reports of changes, as well as some administrative material from the camps.
- Dachau Concentration Camp Entry Registers -- The first Nazi camp created for political prisoners, Jews, and other so-called undesirables. Records feature information including prisoner names and number, birth date, birth place, etc.
- Flossenburg Concentration Camp Entry Registers -- Original records from the camp for political prisoners, criminals, and “asocial” individuals.
- Mauthausen Death Books -- Lists of those held at what some consider the most physically brutal concentration camp of the Nazi regime.
- WWII Nuremburg Interrogation Records -- Pre-trial interrogation transcripts as well as summaries and other pertinent records for nearly 200 individuals who were questioned by the Interrogation Division.
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Note there is a caveat above the search box on the Holocaust Collection that reads "We are continuing to add records to our search database. If you didn’t find what you were looking for, come back soon and check again." Anxious to make individual records available as soon as possible, Footnote has decided to put indexes and images up on the website as soon as they are available, even if the collection isn't yet complete. (Wonderful!)
For example: Click to search an individual collection, the Dachau Entry Registers. The researcher is presented with a page containing more details about the registers themselves, in addition to the search box for that collection. There are also two useful options to keep you informed about the completeness of the collection, circled in the screen shot below:
By clicking the "WATCH" button, a researcher may add the collection to his personal "watch list" and receive email when images or member discoveries are added to this specific collection. One may also "UNWATCH" the collection when research is complete.
If you have any questions about the Holocaust Collection at Footnote.com, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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