The project

The purpose of the memor book project for the victims of the Shoah from Aachen is the research and publication of the names of former Jewish citizens from Aachen who lived in Aachen between Hitler’s seizure of power on 30 January 1933 and Aachen’s liberation by the American army on 21 October 1944. In the course of the investigations historic documents and books have been analysed documenting the history of the Jews from Aachen during Nazi time. Another part of the work consists of contacting comtemporary witnesses and survivors of the Shoah. Interviews aim to collect information about the daily life of the victims, their family histories, the personal memories and experiences of the interlocutor.

The Memor Book (Gedenkbuch) for the Victims of the Shoah from Aachen

The results of the current research are documented in a “Gedenkbuch”. Beside the names of the victims it contains personal details such as date and place of birth plus information about their fate during persecution, about emigration and/or deportation. A first edition with 680 names was published in 2005.

The Aachen Memor Book is continuously updated and keeps an unfinished character during the years to come. It is an appeal for a continuous examination of the Nazi Regime and its consequences. In the years 2006, 2008 and 2011 three editions with biographies of 88 Jews from Aachen were published. Another edition is planned for 2013.