Evidence

We are working closely with the International Tracing Service (ITS) at Bad Arolsen, Germany. This is a centre for documentation, information and research on Nazi persecution, forced labour and the Holocaust. The ITS archives document the fate of milions of victims whose names and memory are to be preserved. As a result of close co-operation with the archives we now have copies of key documents relating to our members' persecution. These documents include prisoner identity cards, transit documents, sickness certificates, death certificates and documentation evidencing prisoners' arrival at death and concentration camps. These provide evidence of individual prisoners' fates. It should be noted that such evidence is not always available because the SS systematically destroyed records at some camps towards the end of the war. 

Examples of these documents are now available below, under individual survivor's names. They can be used as part of learning and teaching materials to demonstrate the bureaucracy of the Holocaust. Please note the HSFA does not undertake research on behalf of individuals. You should contact the ITS directly if you wish to research a family member. Other sources of family research include Yad Vashem's central database of Shoah victims' names and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's research resources.

Evidence Stories

Margaret Kagan

Margaret Kagan

Margaret grew up in Kaunas in Lithuania and was imprisoned, with her mother and brother in a ghetto....

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Edith Goldberg

Edith Goldberg

Edith was born in Germany and lived with her family in the small town of Teschenmoshel until the age...

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Eugene Black

Eugene Black

Eugene was born Jeno Schwartz in Czechoslovakia and at the age of 16 was transported with his family...

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Trude Silman

Trude Silman

Tude started life in Bratislava and at the age of 9 her parents sent her to the UK where she lived i...

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Arek Hersh

Arek Hersh

Arek was born in Poland and at the age of 11 he was taken to a labour camp. He also spent time in th...

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Iby Knill

Iby Knill

Iby started life in Bratislava and as the situation deteriorated her parents encouraged her to escap...

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Val Ginsburg

Val Ginsburg

Val grew up in Lithuania and was imprisoned in the Kaunas ghetto in 1941 before being transported to...

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Ibi Ginsburg

Ibi Ginsburg

Ibi was born in Hungary and was transported to Auschwitz Birkenau with her family in 1944. Her mothe...

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