Germany updates list of Jews murdered by Nazis

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8 May 2006, BERLIN - Germany published Monday a new register of names of all known German Jews killed in the Holocaust, issuing a second edition of a register that was first published 20 years ago listing only victims from former West Germany.

8 May 2006

BERLIN - Germany published Monday a new register of names of all known German Jews killed in the Holocaust, issuing a second edition of a register that was first published 20 years ago listing only victims from former West Germany.

The four-volume book, containing 150,000 names in alphabetical order along with vital data and dates of detention, now includes Jews who had lived in eastern Germany and parts of modern-day Poland which were in German hands before the Second World War.

Historians say up to 600,000 Jews lived in Germany before the rise of the Nazis. The greater part managed to flee. The Nazis invaded much of Europe, killing an estimated 6 million European Jews.

The new memorial register was compiled by Germany's Federal Archives and corrects the inevitable errors in the first, 1986 edition that was deposited in the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

Alongside the alphabetical list for Germany, the register contains a complete list of the mass "deportations" from pre-war Germany, Austria and three parts of the modern Czech Republic, the Sudetenland, Bohemia and Moravia.

Bernd Neumann, state minister for the arts, said at a launching ceremony in Berlin's New Synagogue that it was important to complete the book because the time was approaching when there would be no living memory of the persecution.

"We have a moral duty to keep alive the memory of all the Jewish victims of the Nazi dictatorship and pass it to future generations," he said.

The archives said it was able to expand the register after finding new documents following German reunification in 1990. Survivors, relatives and private historians assisted the research.

A computer database of Jews in Germany, based on a 1939 census, was issued in 2001 and can be consulted at the New Synagogue. The Archives is working to compile a complete list of all Jews living in Germany 1933-1945.

DPA

Subject: German news

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