Jewelry, photos, papers – the Nazis confiscated all the victims’ personal belongings on their arrest. Several thousand of these items from the concentration camps still exist today. We search for the victims’ families and return these things to them.

He didn’t want to help the Nazis.

More about Johannes

Lost youth: She was arrested at 16.

More about Helena

He fled from his past.

More about István

Window onto history

A wallet or a watch suddenly turns up out of the blue. And sometimes a story that nobody knew anything about: What do children and grandchildren feel when they hold these memories in their hands?

  • Yves Stappers

    Edmond Ameye’s grandson

  • Joop Will

    Peter Will's son

  • Pater Hubert

    Father Engelmar Unzeitig’s fellow priests

Some 2500 objects are still waiting

#StolenMemory was launched in 2016. With the help of volunteers, we are trying to trace the relatives of victims of Nazi persecution. Because their personal belongings do not belong to the archive, they are just stored there.

Why “effects?“

The Nazis used the word “effects” to describe inmates’ belongings. What does it mean and why do these objects still exist?

to the history of the effects

To find all the names and see all the objects, go to our online archive

What do the Arolsen Archives do?

We are the most comprehensive archive on the victims of Nazi persecution. We have been collecting information, researching fates, and reuniting families since 1948. Now, we also develop concepts for research and education work. We use new digital formats to help keep the memory of the victims alive.

About us

Our website can tell you more about the work we do. And about how you can help us to keep memories and keep history alive.

Arolsen Archives

Our online archive

Why not do some research yourself? More than 26 million documents can currently be found in our online archive.

Online archive

How you can help

We need you! In the worldwide search for the families of the victims, we depend on the help of volunteers who know the local area and can research on the spot.

Join in

Our exhibitions

  • 10.09.20 - 23.09.20

    #StolenMemory exhibition
    in Frankenberg (Saxony)

    Markt, 09669 Frankenberg

  • 24.09.20 - 08.10.20

    #StolenMemory exhibition
    in Eutin (Schleswig-Holstein)

    Berliner Platz, 23701 Eutin

  • 08.10.20 - 22.10.20

    #StolenMemory exhibition
    in Friedrichsruh/Aumühle (Schleswig-Holstein)

    Otto-von-Bismarck-Stiftung, Am Bahnhof 2 (auf dem Stiftungsgelände), 21521 Friedrichsruh

  • 22.10.20 - 05.11.20

    #StolenMemory exhibition
    in Spenge (North Rhine-Westphalia)

    32139 Spenge, Immanuel-Kant-Straße

  • 05.11.20 - 19.11.20

    #StolenMemory exhibition
    in Spenge (North Rhine-Westphalia)

    48734 Reken

  • 19.11.20 - 03.12.20

    #StolenMemory exhibition
    in Geeste (Lower Saxony)

    Am Rathaus 3, 49744 Geeste

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