The online version of the Memorial Book shown here, which has been on the Internet since December 2007, represents a continuously developing version of the second extended and updated version of the Memorial Book published in 2006 by the Federal Archives. It contains the names, personal details and personal tragedies of persons who were residents in the German Reich between 1933 and 1945 and who in addition were among the victims of the National Socialist persecution of Jews due to their actual or supposedly Jewish origin or belief. The Memorial Book records those as victims who have died as a result of persecution. Such are the victims of deportations but also those that have been murdered through pogroms and "euthanasia" programs as well as those that have committed suicide during the timespan of the persecution. The Memorial Book currently contains more than 170 Thousand names.
Remark: The Number Of The Victims
The Memorial Book records only those persons that have been residents in the German Reich between 1933 and 1945, according to the borders of 1937. This means that the murdered Jews that have come from those territories that were occupied and annexed after 1937 - i. e. the majority of the six million victims of the holocaust, according to the most current stand in research - are not mentioned in the Memorial Book. Nevertheless many institutions all over the world are dedicated to this task while corresponding with the Bundesarchiv: Yad Vashem, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the memorials at the location of previous concentration camps are only few examples.
The Memorial Book - “Victims of the Persecution of Jews under the National Socialist Tyranny in Germany 1933 - 1945” the Federal Archives face the moral obligation arising from the monstrous misdoings of racial fanaticism in order to keep all Jewish victims of the National Socialist tyranny in remembrance and to hand this heritage on to future generations:
“This Memorial Book gives those murdered their names and dignity back. It is a memorial and at the same time a reminder that every single life has a name and its own truly unique tragic story.” (Preface of the Federal President Horst Köhler on the 2nd edition of the Memorial Book)
The core of the online presentation of the Memorial Book is formed by the directory of names, which enables the effective search for persons affected by means of a query template which can be adapted to different criteria:
Internet users are encouraged to send amendments and supplements on any victim's details to the Federal Archives thus supporting their current efforts. Please make use of either the feedback option, which is offered with each individual entry or go to the special contact address firstname.lastname@example.org.