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Archives

To a large extent and for decades the documentation of the Holocaust and its historical context has been scattered, endangered, and in many cases inaccessible.

Fortunately, as the following links indicate, a number of excellent archival sources are freely accessible around the world. 

  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Yad Vashem 

    The archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and of Yad Vashem - The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority in Israel endeavor on a broad international scale to bring together, to preserve, and to make more readily accessible to researchers the contemporary documentation relevant to this historical tragedy and to stimulate scholarship on its manifold aspects. Descriptions of their programs and holdings may be found at the following websites:

  • Claims Conference
    • The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany sponsors cooperation among Holocaust-related archival institutions through the International Shoah Archivists Working Forum. Information concerning the Forum as well as a Directory of Holocaust-Related Archives that lists the almost 1000 relevant state and private archives worldwide may be found at:  www.claimscon.org/archivist_forum
  • Memorial de la Shoah
  • Historians of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom
    • The Historians of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom have begun to compile an International Guide to Archival Sources on Holocaust-Era Assets that can be found at:  www.ushmm.org/assets/
  • Guide to Archival Sources on the Holocaust, Holocaust-Era Assets, and Related Issues in the National Archives of Sweden
    • The following website contains links to national websites such as the Guide to Archival Sources on the Holocaust, Holocaust-Era Assets, and Related Issues in the National Archives of Sweden:  www.ra.se/en/holocaust1.html
  • Holocaust-Era Assets: Records and Research at the National Archives and Records Administration

Archival access is also a focus of the IHRA's Multi-Year Work Plan on Archival Access.