50,000 Archival Descriptions Added

Thursday, 11 April, 2019

Major Increase in EHRI Portal Collection Descriptions


The EHRI Portal, that offers access to information on Holocaust-related archival material held in institutions across Europe and beyond, is one of  the project’s important tools. EHRI is proud to announce that as a result of collaborative hard work with institutions that hold important Holocaust collections no less than 50,000 new descriptions and 25,000 updates were ingested in the EHRI portal last month. Via automated data ingest we have been able to increase the number of collection descriptions in the EHRI Portal by 17 %. Our thanks go to all institutions and colleagues that have been involved in this process.

Hungary and Greece

Great progress was made in Hungary, where more than 900 archival descriptions were added to the EHRI portal, namely about the Hungarian Central Jewish Council and the Hungarian Jewish communities. It is an essential data-set for the study of the Holocaust in Hungary and in the territories occupied by Hungary during WWII. Visit the Hungarian Jewish Archives.

One more collection was recently added to the portal: Memories of Occupation in Greece. It describes some 80 oral-history video-interviews with witnesses of Nazi crimes in Greece. Many thanks to the data providers, the Hungarian Jewish Archives and the Free University of Berlin.

Belgium and the Netherlands

Important progress has taken place in Belgium and the Netherlands. The Belgian State Archives provided more than 14,000 archival descriptions, which is the second biggest data import during EHRI-project’s second phase. Crucial collections like WWII Confiscations by Gruppe XII, Feind- und Judenvermögen, the Belgian Diamond Sector during WWII and and the Police Corpse for the Foreigners are now available. Two important collections for the study of financial and economic aspects of the Holocaust were also recently imported. Have a look at the National Bank of Belgium. Monetary reform after WWII (3000+ entries) and the Management Files of the Nederlands Beheersinstituut (1000+ entries).

The Dutch National Archives display since now some 5,000 new descriptions. Very relevant are for instance the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Refugees Camps and Detention Depots and the Archives of the Dutch Delegate of the Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees.

Our thanks to data providers: the Belgian State Archives and the Dutch National Archives.


An extensive data import took place from the French National Archives. Some 30,000 new archival descriptions can now be found in the EHRI portal, including the archives of the crucial General Commission on Jewish Affairs (SCAP and DAE; Service de restitution) and of the Ministry of Prisoners, Deportees and Refugees. Worth to be mentioned are also the archives of the International Organisation of Refugees. Thanks to the data provider, the French National Archives.

Archival holdings from Mémorial de la Shoah Fondation were recently updated. You may now find more than 100 archival descriptions about the Holocaust in France and in the whole of Europe. Thanks to the EHRI-partner and data provider Mémorial de la Shoah Fondation.


Some 400 archival descriptions were just added to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site - KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau, and more will follow. This makes Dachau one of the most extensively described camps on the EHRI portal. Thanks for sharing your information.


EHRI's local expert Mikhail Tyaglyy is working hard in Ukraine. Have a look at recently-added archival units held by the State Archive of Kirovohrad Oblast - Derzhavnyi Arkhiv Kirovohradskoi Oblasti. Thanks for your work, Mikhail!

The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide

The archival collection Wiener Library Archive: Pre-1963 Correspondence (300+ items) is now available on the EHRI-portal: it offers a deep insight in European after-war Holocaust research and commemoration. Thanks to EHRI partner The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide.

Michael Marrus

Michael Marrus is a world-leading Holocaust scholar. Discover on the EHRI portal his recently-imported archival fonds (100+ entries) about his research, teaching and publishing activities.


New archival descriptions have been added about Australia. Check out the Jewish Holocaust Center  and the Sydney Jewish Museum.

For more information about the EHRI Portal, watch this 3-minute animation video.