January 27, 2022

Vast Nazi-Era Archive Says Conserving Dachau Files

From AFP:

A vast archive of documents linked to the Holocaust said Monday it would preserve 300,000 original prisoner files from the Dachau concentration camp in Germany that are disintegrating.

The International Tracing Service (ITS) in the western German town of Bad Arolsen uses its vast trove of historical records to help victims of Nazi persecution and their families and make them available to researchers.


The preservation process known as deacidification involves boosting the pH level of the paper, providing lasting protection from decay for invaluable historical records.


TS said a similar programme for the Buchenwald camp in central Germany was recently completed, including more than 234,000 individual documents on female prisoners.

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