Exchange of Information with Memorial Centre Concentration Camp Moringen
On behalf of Memorial Centre Concentration Camp Moringen Julia Braun and Stefan Wilbricht are searching through more than 3500 names in the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. “Thanks to the archive’s opening, it has become possible for us to compare the data kept in Moringen with those held at ITS”, said Wilbricht. “Moreover, we find it important to record the victims’ life stories before and after their confinement in Moringen. This is feasible nowhere but at ITS.”
Starting their names’ search, the historians devoted the first week of their stay to the women detained in Concentration Camp Moringen. The concentration camp successively served to keep men, women and adolescents. During the time span from October 1933 to March 1938, approximately 1400 women, mainly Jehovah’s Witnesses, and females committed to political resistance were incarcerated here. “We do have nearly all personal data for these women, which is why checking the details and identifying the persons in the original ITS documents is relatively easy. We have already gained some new findings”, reported Braun. “Not only from the transport lists and the lists on persons entering or leaving the camp, but also from the correspondence files we derive many a piece of information shedding light on the life stories of Nazi victims“, added Wilbricht.
For the time being, the data collected will enrich the archives of the memorial centre. The project titled “Persons’ Search on Concentration Camp Moringen” is supported by the Foundation of the memorial sites in Lower Saxony. “The work increases the value of the archive, of the research and educational commitment of Moringen“, says Wilbricht. “Coming to terms with the past and doing commemorative work is of utmost importance also for the annual meeting of the former inmates”, emphasized Braun.