The foundation have launched the Ravensbrück Archive Project as one of its fundraising initiatives. The archive material is unique as it consists mainly of systematic interviews with holocaust survivors shortly after they arrived on the white buses to Sweden.
Ravensbrück, situated approximately 90 km north of Berlin, was a concentration camp primarily for women and children. Between 1939, when the first women were transferred to the camp, and 1945, over 130,000 prisoners passed through Ravensbrück and its satellite camps. Many died. For posterity, details of life and suffering in the camps have been kept in Lund University’s Ravensbrück Archive. The Archive includes more than 500 handwritten interviews with survivors, systematically conducted, just after they arrived in Sweden on the white buses.
In addition to interviews, the Archive, which is mainly in Polish, consists of other types of documents such as prisoners’ notebooks, diaries, letters, poems, recipes, photographs, drawings, and official Nazi documents from the concentration camp such as lists of prisoners, block books (maps of the camps with lists and registers of the names of those who lived and died in the various buildings), and transcripts of protocols and original documents from the Ravensbrück trial in Hamburg in 1946–47.
Every week the Lund University library gets inquires about the archive from around the world. We need your help in order to make the Ravensbrück Archive accessible to everyone. Lund University seeks to catalogue, digitize and translate the material and make it available electronically for the world to have access to.
We appreciate any donation, regardless of amount, which will help us to preserve, digitize and make accessible this important piece of history for generations to come. Please help us preserve the Ravensbrück Archive and the memories of those who suffered and perished in the Holocaust.
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