Inquiries about former inmates
The collection of documents from the concentration camps and ghettos, Arolsen Archives.
Phone: +49 (0)3643 430 154
Fax: +49 (0)3643 430 100
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
and by arrangement
Closed on Monday, Wednesday and weekends
Archive closing times
Because of the modernisation and renovation of its magazines and working rooms, the archive of the Buchenwald Memorial will be closed from 19 August until the end of April 2020. During this time, the processing of enquiries will only be possible to a limited extent.
We ask for your understanding.
Buchenwald Memorial has an archival collection with materials which illuminate aspects of the concentration camp, Special Camp No. 2, and its own history. At the core of the collection on the Buchenwald Concentration Camp are documents that were given to the memorial by former inmates or their families. These are supplemented by copies of numerous documents held in other archives.
The archive, which was founded in 1971, endeavours to respond, to the extent possible, to requests for information about specific individuals or circumstances. Additionally, it supports research projects and is available for use within the framework of the memorial's educational mission. One of its central duties is to carry out research on the fate of individuals who were incarcerated at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. To make a request for information, please click on the link to the left.
The archive accepts donations of all documents relevant to the history of the concentration camp, Special Camp No. 2, and the memorial itself, and also purchases such materials with the intention of holding them in safekeeping. It maintains these holdings in the public interest, preserving them and ensuring their continued accessibility to the public.
• Personal papers of survivors
• First-hand accounts
• Documents from the SS administration of the concentration camp
• Maps and blueprints
• Documents from post-war legal proceedings
• Documents on the history of the Memorial
• Newspaper clippings collection
It should be noted that the archive contains only a very limited amount of material related to the camp's SS personnel.
The archive is available for use by survivors of the camp and their families, researchers, university and high school students, and others interested in the history to which it is dedicated. An application requesting permission to use archived materials is required and may be submitted either in writing or via email. All use of the archives must be in keeping with the user guidelines for the archives of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation.
Fees apply for the use of the archives and are based on the schedule of fees of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation. Former prisoners and their families are invited to consult the archives free of charge.