Germany: Archives to Be Scanned

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A major archive in Germany has purchased 15 custom-made scanners to digitize and catalog a huge collection of virtually untapped Holocaust records. The archive at the International Tracing Service in the German town of Bad Arolsen contains testimony from Holocaust survivors as dictated to humanitarian workers in displaced persons camps after World War II. Survivors detailed the horrors they endured in concentration camps and spoke of their plans for the future while workers recorded the testimony on tabloid-size paper. Kathrin Flor, a spokeswoman for the service, said the archive could fill important historical holes about the fate of survivors after the war. The scanners cost more than $280,000 and are large enough to digitize the odd-sized papers.

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