Documents from WWII digitized

Associated Press / January 16, 2010

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BERLIN - Millions of documents that could help researchers learn more about people displaced by World War II have been digitized at an archive in Germany.

The Bad Arolsen-based archive of the International Tracing Service said the 1 1/2-year process digitized 350,000 “CM1’’ questionnaires issued by the Allies after the war, among many other items. The documents provide information on the fate of those rescued from concentration camps, forced labor camps and prisoner of war camps.

“People documented what they had gone through during the war, and specified reasons for their desire to emigrate,’’ archivist Udo Jost said yesterday.

“The documents can now also be searched for and viewed . . . This form of electronic access helps protect the original files while facilitating researchers’ access to information.’’

He said this part of the ITS archives “offers excellent insights into life after survival, as well as the wave of migration that resulted from the war.’’

The archive said it forwarded the 2.3 million new images this week to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw, the Documentation and Research Centre on the Resistance in Luxembourg, and the National Archives of Belgium in Brussels.