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 currently 159,972 persons, who lived in the German Reich between 1933 and 1945 and who were among the victims of the National Socialist persecution of Jews due to their actual or supposedly Jewish origin or belief.
With 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.