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  • First memento returned to family in England

    The Nazis took away all of Hans-Joachim Bünger’s personal belongings when they arrested him – including a black pen which has now been returned to his family in London. He never lived there himself. Persecuted for his Jewish origins This is the first time we have returned a memento to…

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  • Seven years of #StolenMemory – personal effects of over 850 prisoners returned to families

    The Arolsen Archives launched the #StolenMemory campaign in November 2016. The aim was to return around 3,200 envelopes containing the personal belongings of concentration camp inmates to their relatives. Only thanks to a number of coincidences did a very small number of the personal possessions that the Nazis confiscated from…

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  • Poland: Prisoner’s ring returned to her granddaughter

    On September 22, a piece of jewelry belonging to Karolina Sitek née Barcik was handed over to her granddaughter Bozena Krupa at Zakopane City Hall. The ring had been taken from her grandmother in Ravensbrück concentration camp . Arolsen Archives volunteer Elżbieta Koczar from the Zory Municipal Cultural Center managed…

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  • #StolenMemory in Paris: Families of Three Concentration Camp Inmates Receive Mementoes

    With the help of volunteers, staff of the Arolsen Archives have found the families of three victims of persecution from France. The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, hosted the return ceremony. For Kabir Boucif, it was a very special moment when he received the watch and the signet ring that…

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  • #StolenMemory Tour started in France

    20 towns in 18 months: Thanks to funding from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, our #StolenMemory traveling exhibition is also touring France and telling stories about the fates of ten victims of National Socialism until the end of 2024.

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  • Polish-Ukrainian #StolenMemory exhibition in Rzeszow

    From June 7 onwards, a Polish-Ukrainian #StolenMemory exhibition can be seen in Rzeszow at the Square of Ghetto Victims. Built in a shipping container, the exhibition depicts the fate of victims of German Nazi concentration camps from whom personal objects have been preserved. The latter mementos are being returned to…

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  • Federal Foreign Office supports #StolenMemory with €180,000

    After visiting ten Polish cities last year, one of our #StolenMemory traveling exhibition containers is setting out on a new tour of Poland on March 1, 2023 – this year with new partners and new content. The German Foreign Office has provided funding for the Polish tour for a…

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  • Personal mementoes returned to families of French Resistance fighters

    Wedding rings, jewelry, family photos – the National Socialists confiscated all the personal belongings of people they imprisoned in concentration camps. Thanks to the help of volunteers, the families of four members of the French Resistance had the mementoes that were stolen from their persecuted relatives returned to them on…

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  • Keepsakes of Concentration Camp Inmate Francis Poguet Returned to his family

    In August, relatives of Francis Poguet received back from the Arolsen Archives the last personal belongings of the former concentration camp prisoner. It was shortly before the war end when the 37-year-old Frenchman died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp that had already been liberated. He left behind a wallet, a…

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  • New memories: Bracelet returned to great-grandson of Sinti victim of Nazi persecution

    In 1941, the Nazis confiscated a bracelet belonging to Johann Franz, a Sinto held in the Auschwitz concentration camp – it was probably the only thing he had with him at the time. Johann was one of the few members of his family to survive imprisonment in a concentration camp.

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