Research for Memorial Book
Andreas Weigelt spent three days at the International Tracing Service (ITS) reviewing the document collection for the concentration camp Lieberose. Under the auspices of the parish, a commemorative book of Lieberose will be published next year. "At the ITS I can not only research the documents, but I can also search through the correspondence files that are valuable for my work," says the historian. "From the previous inquiries from survivors or family members of the victims of persecution, I hope to find yet more unknown information."
The concentration camp Lieberose was a sub-camp of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. On 9 November, 1943, the first 22 detainees were transferred there from Sachsenhausen. Until the dissolution of the camp, around 7,000 prisoners were incarcerated. From June 1944, monthly shipments of Jewish prisoners from Auschwitz were sent directly to or through the Sachsenhausen camp. The SS Main Office forced the prisoners to set up barracks, roads and military installations for the SS military training area.
"We want to present the basic data of the prisoners," says Weigelt. "Of the survivors, we have virtually complete information. For the others, we have only the names." The researchers will investigate the individual fates in the digital database at the ITS. "I entered the name David Lewkowitsch, for example. Thanks to the documents, I now know the exact details of the prisoner."
Since 2008, Weigelt has been in contact with the ITS regarding his book "Murder of Jews in the Reich: Lieberose - A Sub-camp of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp." "When the camp was liquidated, 1300 detainees were shot," says the researcher. "Among the victims were mostly sick patients who could not be transported to the Auschwitz crematoria. A Hungarian Jewish doctor, whose name was long unknown, attacked the SS camp commander and wounded him critically. With the help of the documents from the ITS archives, I could clarify the identity of this man."