Documents - audio and audiovisual materials - photo collection

The Auschwitz Foundation possesses six important archive collections.

 

1. Materials relating to the Belgian Association of former political prisoners in Auschwitz-Birkenau and Silesian camps and prisons.

 

Period covered by the materials: from 1946.

Quantity: nearly 2,000 items (handwritten, typed and printed documents; originals and facsimiles), filed in 15 boxes.

Conditions of acquisition: deposited by the Association.

Description: the Association’s day-to-day archives: administrative documents produced by the Association (letters, accounts, invitations, programs, etc.); formal documents received by the Association (authorizations, degrees awarded to members etc.); correspondence sent to the Association by deportees and other victims of persecution.

Current status of archive: inventoried, registered, indexed (computerized).

 

 

2. Personal papers of victims of the Holocaust and of the Nazi terror.

 

Period covered by the materials: the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Quantity: about 3,000 items (photos, handwritten, typed and printed documents, originals and facsimiles), filed in 30 boxes.

Conditions of acquisition: offered by victims of the Holocaust and of the Nazi terror and their relatives, in particular during audiovisual interviews.

Description: personal papers (letters, diaries, autobiographies, sketches, poems, etc.) written by and received from deportees and other victims of persecution; administrative documents (identity cards, attestations, authorizations, etc.) issued to deportees and other victims of persecution; personal photographs, etc.

Current status of archive: materials registered, computerized inventory in progress.

 

 

3. Archives of the International Auschwitz Committee (IAC).

 

Period covered by the materials:1977-1996.

Quantity: about 3,000 items (handwritten, typed and printed documents: originals and facsimiles).

Conditions of acquisition: deposited by the IAC.

Description: the IAC’s day-to-day archives; publications and administrative documents produced by the IAC from 1977 to 1996; administrative papers and correspondence received from the IAC, etc.

Current status of archive: inventory in progress.

 

 

4. Audio recordings of testimony by camp survivors.

 

Period covered by the materials: twentieth century.

Quantity: 66 recordings, totaling about 150 hours of testimony.

Conditions of acquisition: recordings made by the Auschwitz Foundation.

Description: testimonies of survivors of Nazi concentration and extermination camps.

Current status of archive: typewritten register of the recordings.

 

 

5. Audiovisual testimony by Nazi concentration and extermination camp survivors.

 

Since 1992 the Auschwitz Foundation, as the Belgian member of the Yale University Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies network, has collected and archived 228 testimonies by survivors of the concentration camps of Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Dachau, Esterwegen, Flossenbürg, Mauthausen, Natzweiler-Struthof, Neuengamme, Ravensbrück, Sachsenhausen and Theresienstadt, and the extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Some of these recordings were made in collaboration with the Audiovisual Centre of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Brussels Free University).

 

Period covered by the materials: twentieth century.

Quantity: 228 recordings totaling about 1,250 hours of testimony. .

Conditions of acquisition: recordings made by the Auschwitz Foundation since 1992.

Description: testimony by survivors of Nazi concentration and extermination camps, prisons and fortresses.

Current status of archive: recordings registered, typed index in preparation.

 

Special conditions for consultation:

Owing to the sensitive nature of the information contained in these testimonies (personal data, confidential information, medical information, etc.), they may only be consulted by researchers subject to special conditions. (Consultation request form).

 

 

6. Photo collection.

 

Period covered by the materials: twentieth century.

Quantity: about 3,500 photos (originals and facsimiles), filed in 17 boxes.

Conditions of acquisition: acquired from various sources.


Description: photos relating mainly to the Third Reich (history, economics, society, politics, ideology, propaganda), the Holocaust and the Nazi terror (euthanasia programs, labor camps, concentration camps, extermination camps, liberation, etc.), and to the activities of the Auschwitz Foundation.

Current status of archive: materials recorded and partly inventoried (typed), computerized inventory in progress.

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