Auschwitz death camp: Poland puts database of prison guards online

The Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp
Image captionPoland wants to combat what it sees as the wholly incorrect practice of referring to Auschwitz as a Polish-run camp

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 fence at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp
Image captionThe Nazis abandoned Auschwitz in January 1945, days before Soviet forces entered the camp

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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