Museum launches service
for Holocaust archives

By Ron Kampeas Published: 01/18/2008

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Digital technology will allow Holocaust survivors, researchers and others access to one of the largest troves of Nazi-era documents — but at a pen-and-paper pace.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum told survivors’ groups last week that searches of the digital version
of the Bad Arolsen archives it had obtained would take six to eight weeks to fulfill.

“People understood the challenges,” said Jeanette Friedman, who represented the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants at a closed-door meeting Jan. 17 at the Holocaust museum here.
The inquiry process, launched that day, will integrate the 46 million documents the Holocaust museum already possesses with more than 18 million documents made available by the International Tracing Service, the agency based in Bad Arolsen, Germany.