United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Name Lists Catalog
About United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Name Lists Catalog Search
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Name Lists Catalog is a work in progress being created by the Registry of Survivors to assist research into the records of Holocaust survivors and victims. The database already contains thousands of listings for documents containing individual names from the Holocaust. Many thousands of lists still need to be cataloged both from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum holdings and from other repositories around the globe.
While using the catalog, please pay close attention to the "Museum or Other Institutional Holdings" information for each record. This will tell you what section of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum might have the resource you seek or whether you need to instead contact a separate institution about it, since many resources listed in the Catalog are NOT available at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
As a work in process, the Registry of Survivors anticipates incomplete records, minor inaccuracies, and omissions in the Name List Catalog and appreciates all comments and suggestions.
Please also note that the Registry cannot provide copies of the lists described in the Name List Catalog. Assistance with research on the lists in the Name List Catalog is limited by staff availability. Priority will be given to Holocaust survivors.
Holocaust name list information has been collected with our project partner, Yad Vashem. You can access this information through their Web site:
The Victim List Project of the Swiss Banks Settlement
Under the direction of Chief Judge Edward R. Korman of the United States District Court, the Victim List Project of the Swiss Banks Settlement encourages and helps organize the compilation and greater accessibility worldwide of the names of individuals whom the Swiss Banks Settlement Agreement is intended to benefit - Jewish, Romani, Jehovah's Witness, homosexual, and physically or mentally disabled or handicapped victims of Nazi persecution, those who perished and those who survived - for research and remembrance.
The Victim List Project was approved in November 2000 as part of the Plan of Allocation and Distribution of Settlement Proceeds. $10 million of the $1.25 billion Settlement Fund has been reserved for the following types of activities under the Court's direction:
The creation of a worldwide catalog of all known archival and testimonial sources of the names of those who perished and of survivors who suffered - a list of lists - is a necessary prerequisite to fulfilling the goals of the Court. Funding under the Victim List Project of the Swiss Banks Settlement has therefore been made available to help support the compilation and presentation of this Catalog of Name Lists. Yad Vashem and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have reviewed their respective collections and as much as possible have included lists known to be held by other institutions. Undoubtedly there are additions and corrections that will be made by memorials and museums throughout the world, and greater knowledge of the holdings of the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen, Germany, is expected to enhance the Catalog of Name Lists still further.
- Location and identification of archival and testimonial sources of the names of those who perished and of survivors who suffered;
- Improvement of access to archival repositories containing names;
- Projects to digitize names, to place them on the Internet, and to integrate them with further information about the individuals concerned and with other relevant information;
- Broad-based cooperation among the leading relevant institutions towards these aims.