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Commemorative Book for Ulm Holocaust Victims

In mid-April, historian Ingo Bergmann paid a three-day research visit to the International Tracing Service (ITS) at Bad Arolsen subjecting 220 names of Holocaust victims who either were born in Ulm or had been living there in the period from 1933 to 1945 to a check. “My results will be brought to bear in the second edition of the commemorative book the town of Ulm is going to publish under the title “Und erinnere dich immer an mich” (And do always remember me).

In January 2007, Bergmann started conducting research for the commemorative book on behalf of the town authorities of Ulm and in collaboration with the documentation centre “Oberer Kuhberg”. An academic paper from 1961 and own investigations made in order to be able to lay stumbling stones were the root, the basis of his project. Early in 2009, the commemorative book on the Ulm Holocaust victims could be presented to the public.

“The book met with a big response, victims’ relatives fed us new pieces of information that prompted us to make plans for a second edition“, relates the historian. “And to tackle that, we want to take advantage of ITS’ research potential.” He found that ITS’ documentation could confirm most of the information he had ascertained for the 220 persons checked on. What is more, he could discover supplementary details and correct three persons’ persecution fates. “What pleases us most is that Ulm-resident Fritz Brumlik survived. We had taken for granted up to now that he perished in Auschwitz”, rejoices the historian. “At ITS I came across a card for him that was made out in Displaced Persons Camp Ulm.”

Bergmann, an Augsburg university graduate in political science and history, has been working on a voluntary basis for the concentration camp memorial “Oberer Kuhberg” for numerous years. “The contact I made and keep up with the survivors and the victims’ next of kin has drawn me closer and closer (in)to the subject“, he says.