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.