Roll of 37,000 Buchenwald dead complete

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18 June 2007, Weimar, Germany (dpa) - A roll of 37,000 people murdered by the Nazis at Buchenwald concentration camp has been completed after 10 years of work, the head of the memorial at the site, Volkhard Knigge, said. The book of the dead lists inmates worked to death, killed by disease and starvation and those executed up to 1945 in the camp near the German city of Weimar. It is to be presented July 15 to the International Committee of Buchenwald survivors "as a sort of symbolic grave-marker," said Kni

18 June 2007

Weimar, Germany (dpa) - A roll of 37,000 people murdered by the Nazis at Buchenwald concentration camp has been completed after 10 years of work, the head of the memorial at the site, Volkhard Knigge, said.

The book of the dead lists inmates worked to death, killed by disease and starvation and those executed up to 1945 in the camp near the German city of Weimar.

It is to be presented July 15 to the International Committee of Buchenwald survivors "as a sort of symbolic grave-marker," said Knigge, the director of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorial Foundation.

The handover date will be on the 70th anniversary of the camp's establishment by the Nazis.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 people visit the memorial every year, 40 per cent of them classes from German schools where the Holocaust is a major part of history lessons.

The roll will be far from complete. More than 56,000 inmates are believed to have died between 1937 and 1945.

Knigge said in an interview that incompetent record-keeping as the Nazi system gradually collapsed was partly to blame, with names misspelled or vital data muddled.

He added that 10,000 were estimated to have vanished in the last days of the Second World War, when the Nazis forced the weakened prisoners to join them running away from the Allied armies.

In these "Marches of Death," many fell dead at the roadside and could not be identified by Allied authorities who found the bodies.

DPA

Subject: German news

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