The names of Nazi SS commanders and guards at the Auschwitz death camp in German-occupied Poland have been put online by the country’s Institute of National Remembrance (INR).
It has been hailed as the most comprehensive list to date.
About 9,000 names – nearly all German – are on the Auschwitz garrison list, some with photographs attached.
The INR hopes the list will prove that Auschwitz was not a Polish-run camp. More than a million people died there.
The victims were overwhelmingly Jewish – but Poles, Roma and political prisoners were also murdered.
Auschwitz ‘not a Polish camp’
INR head Jaroslaw Szarek said that the creation of the database, the only one of its kind in the world, marked a historic day.
It includes information about SS commanders and guards who worked at Auschwitz-Birkenau, their names, place and date of birth, nationality, military service and where possible, a photograph.
The information was gathered from Poland, Germany, Austria and the US.
Mr Szarek said it would help combat the wholly incorrect practice of referring to Auschwitz as a Polish-run camp.
He said the institute hoped to compile similar lists for other Nazi camps in occupied Poland…
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