Two finding aids published on Nazi persecution in the Benelux countries
The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen has published two more finding aids on its website. They describe the archive collections on the Westerbork police transit camp and on the persecution measures by the Nazis in the Benelux countries.
The finding aid on the Westerbork camp contains 25 units of description. Transport lists and lists of deaths are the main types of document available in the ITS archives. From 1942 to 1944, more than 107,000 Jews were deported from the Westerbork transit camp to the extermination camps.
The thematic inventory relating to the Nazi persecution measures in the Benelux countries contains 265 units of description. The collection includes, in particular, copies of documents from other archives. The objective of the description of the documents was the reconstruction of their original provenances. The content deals with, amongst other things, the organisation of the persecution of the Jews and the operation of the Gestapo (secret police), as well as war crimes trials before the Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
The improved description of the archival holdings is a priority for the International Tracing Service to improve access to the collections. More detailed information on the finding aids can be found on the Internet at www.its-arolsen.org/en/archives/finding-aids/index.html.