Copy witness statements re Auschwitz war criminals

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 70288
1 Jan 1959 - 31 Jan 1959
Level of Description
  • German
EHRI Partner

Archival History

According to correspondence between Hermann Langbein, secretary of the IAK, and the Wiener Library in 1959, the original statements were collected with a view to prosecuting former SS officers at Auschwitz, and the copies were deposited here at different times during the course of 1959.


Donated c1959

Donor: Hermann Langbein (International Auschwitz

Scope and Content

Most of these copy statements re the activities of former SS officers at Auschwitz by former inmates were collected by the International Auschwitz Komitee. The witnesses submitted their statements to the IAK in response to notices published in Polish and German newspapers, asking for evidence against former SS officers at Auschwitz. Many of the statements make reference to this fact. Many also end with a declaration that the witness is ready to repeat the statement under oath. Most of the statements are 1 or 2 pages long except that of Dr. Eduard Wirth, former doctor at Auschwitz, who described what he did to alleviate the suffering of inmates (20 pages).

System of Arrangement

The statements have been arranged according to the name of the SS officer.

Conditions Governing Access




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