“For the dead and the living,
we must bear witness.”

- Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust Survivor

Preserving
history, together.

Ancestry® is eternally grateful to our partners at Arolsen Archives and USC Shoah Foundation for entrusting us with these incalculably important collections. Arolsen Archives is an organization dedicated to documenting National Socialist persecution and the lives of the liberated survivors. USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education develops empathy, understanding and respect through testimony, using its Visual History Archive of more than 55,000 video testimonies, award-winning IWitness education program, and the Center for Advanced Genocide Research.

The Records of the Holocaust

Examples of what you’re likely
to find in these collections:

Passenger Lists
1946–1971

Lists of displaced persons, in most cases
traveling from a resettlement camp to a final
destination, often the US.

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Lists of Those Persecuted
1939–1947

Registers of people living in Germany who were persecuted by public institutions and corporations. Some of these records include details on those who died, including burial information.

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USC Shoah Foundation,
Holocaust – Jewish Survivor
Interviews

Records relating to information from Holocaust survivor audiovisual interviews collected and preserved within the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive®

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An introduction to the collection.

Build your family tree and uncover more
of your Jewish family history.

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This Great Big Story captures how Ancestry and the Arolsen Archives came together over a unified vision to preserve history by making Holocaust records available.