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Names of Buchenwald Nazi camp victims put on Web

DDP/The Local · 10 Apr 2010, 12:21

Published: 10 Apr 2010 12:21 GMT+02:00

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The names of some 38,000 victims of the Nazis who died at the concentration camp near the city of Weimar can now been seen at www.buchenwald.de/totenbuch, the Buchenwald Memorial Foundation announced on Saturday.

A team of 15 researchers and other volunteers have worked on the project for ten years, examining around 500,000 documents to assemble the names of those killed in the camp.

But the list is not complete. In Buchenwald and its outlying camps, more than 56,000 people died before 1945. Many of the names of the 9,000 people who died during the death marches toward the end of the war are not yet known.

The website, which went online on Friday, gives each of the victims his or her small online memorial, listing besides their names, their dates and place of birth, and date of death.

Relatives of the victims can add to the information if they wish.

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On Sunday, the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the camp will be commemorated.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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16:21 April 10, 2010 by tdm3624
I like that. It is good to remember those who suffered.
18:25 April 10, 2010 by mixxim
Will this be followed by names of victims of Stalin?

If not why not?
02:11 April 11, 2010 by wood artist

You're correct that the camps are old news. For the most part, the truth is known. The names may not be critical, but for the families involved, perhaps this is just one more acknowledgment of their loss.

This is not about blame. Does the world really have more important things to worry about? Nope. This is the way we learn...by understanding what happened, and more importantly, how. Don't for a moment believe this sort of thing could never happen again. It could...and it has. It's not about Jews, but genocide is not gone. If you follow the news at all, you'll find stories of the suppression of those who hold views at odds with "the government."

Maybe you should look at China for examples, although there are many others.

We need to remember history...not just the Third Reich, but all times. We do continually repeat the same errors and mistakes.

When I was last at Buchenwald, I watched as a school class of older teenagers entered the crematorium. They had no understanding of the place nor what happened...and worse, couldn't have cared less. One offered to climb on the trolley as if her friends were going to push her into the ovens!

Maybe you should spend a little more time studying the things that have happened in history...and learn from those who have gone before you.

12:16 April 11, 2010 by snorge

Who cares anymore? You need to go back to school little girl and relearn what really happened...
21:25 April 12, 2010 by wxman
Looks like Dr. Goebbels got ahold of germangirl.
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