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Publication on the deportation of Jews

“Die Deportation der Juden aus Deutschland und ihre verdrängte Geschichte nach 1945” (The deportation of Jews from Germany and their suppressed history after 1945) is the subject of a new scholarly publication from the International Tracing Service (ITS). In October 1941 the Gestapo began deporting Jews from Germany, first to the ghettos in the occupied territories of Eastern Europe, later to Theresienstadt and the extermination camps. The majority of those deported were murdered. The authors and editors of the publication, Akim Jah and Gerd Kühling, examine the documents on deportations in the ITS archive and the changes in how this period of Nazi history has been addressed over the past decades.

The fourth volume in the series “Fundstücke” (“Findings”) is the result of a collaboration between the ITS and the House of the Wannsee Conference and has been issued by Wallstein Publishers. ITS research associate and one of the editors, Akim Jah, gives an historical overview of the deportation of the Jews from Germany and takes a closer look at the relevant documents in the ITS archive.“ The archive offers a plethora of documents relating directly to the deportation and containing information on the biographies and fates of the people who were deported”, Jah says. These include transport lists, papers from the Düsseldorf Gestapo, lists drawn up by German authorities after 1945, documents on survivors as well as investigations about former Gestapo officials from the period after 1945.

Co-author Kühling, research associate at the House of the Wannsee Conference, outlines how this part of history has been addressed from 1945 to the present. He illustrates the changes that have occurred in how the deportations are remembered in the public sphere. “In both the former Federal Republic of Germany and in the German Democratic Republic, each state’s discourse regarding the murder of the German and European Jews was marked for decades by extreme reticence. It wasn’t until the 1980s that there was a comprehensive confrontation with these Nazi crimes”, Kühling explains.

With the “Fundstücke” series the ITS presents less well-known, yet historically significant testimonies from the years of the National Socialist era and the post-war period to the public. “We would like to draw attention to the diversity of the documents and encourage historical initiatives and scholars to do research in the collections of the ITS”, says Jah.


Bibliographical information:

“Die Deportation der Juden aus Deutschland und ihre verdrängte Geschichte nach 1945” (The deportation of the Jews from Germany and their suppressed history after 1945)
Edited by Akim Jah and Gerd Kühling
Series: Findings (commissioned by the International Tracing Service Bad Arolsen); Volume 4
Wallstein Publishers 2016
64 pages with 16 illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-8353-1860-1
€ 9,90
Also available as an E-Book
Book orders via Wallstein Publishers, Göttingen