Zbirka okupatorjevi zapori in taborišča, 1936-1963

  • Collection Occupier's Prisons and Camps, 1936-1963
SI AS 1769
Language of Description
1936 - 1963
Level of Description
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Slovenian
  • Latin

Extent and Medium

1,60 running meters of records, photographic material, printed material, manuscript material

Archival History

The collection was created by collecting material on former prisoners, internees and exiles, which was initially given by individuals and institutions to the Museum of National Liberation or People's Revolution in Ljubljana. The most systematic collection was created by the aforementioned museum during the preparation of an exhibition on the prisons and camps of the occupying forces in 1960 and then handed over to the IZDG archive. The collection was further expanded at the Institute. In 1972 and 1973, the collection was supplemented with material on the occupation camps and prisons handed over by the Republican Secretariat of Internal Affairs. The collection has been in the ARS since November 1992. 1 box of material was donated to the Archives by Herman Janež on November 22, 2012 and January 7, 2013. 1 folder with material from Franco and Vanda Burger was donated by Lucija Burger on February 24, 2017. 1 box of material on the Dachau concentration camp collected by Dr. Rino Simoneti (1926-2014) was donated to the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia by Milka Simoneti from Kranj on 13.2.2020.

Scope and Content

The collection contains personal documents, letters, certificates, diaries, poems, memoirs of internees and prisoners in Italian and German concentration camps and prisons; lists of internees, prisoners and deportees 1941-1945; certificates of German camps on the reception or release of internees 1941-1945 (Allach, Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Flossenbürg, Dachau, Mauthausen, Natzweiler, Ravensbrück, Sachsenhausen, Neuengamme, Strnišče pri Ptuju, Borl castle prison), the records of the Celje Judicial Prisons (reports, organizational matters, personnel matters); camp newsletters (Dachauski reporter, Naš glas), files (questionnaires) of KL Dachau camp inmates April 1945; material of Franc and Vanda Burger (personal documents, correspondence of F. Burger from the Dachau concentration camp, registration and assessment of war damage); material collected by dr. Rono Simoneti: newsletters from the Dachau concentration camp (Dachauski poročevalec); Dachau poems and drawings; photos from the anniversaries of the liberation of Dachau; map of German concentration camps at the end of World War II. The files SI AS 1769/1 to SI AS 1769/25 in the collection are particularly useful for Holocaust researchers, as they contain the A-Ž name register of prisoners in the Dachau concentration camp (1941-1945); file SI AS 1769/2 contains the data sheet of Evgen Bolaffio (b. 1888), a wine merchant from a well-known Jewish Sephardic family from Gorizia and representative of DELASEM (Delegazione per l'Assistenza degli Emigranti Ebrei), which helped Jews who fled to Italy from all over Europe and ensured their safe onward journey to countries that still accepted Jewish refugees.

The files SI AS 1769/213 and SI AS 1769/214 also contain the alphabetical list of prisoners in the Dachau concentration camp, 1945.06.01. In addition, the collection contains the files SI AS 1769/157 to SI AS 1769/161 with the records of the transport of Slovenes who were resettled to Serbia (transport number I - transport number V; 6.7.1941–10.7.1941); the original is in the Upper Sava Valley Museum), which could be helpful for researchers, as in the summer of 1941 around 17,500 people were deported from the Slovenian territory to Serbia (and Croatia); although most of these deportees were Slovenes, they also included Jews and Sinti who had not managed to escape.

System of Arrangement

16 boxes

Finding Aids

  • The collection has a finding aid that is available to researchers via the Virtual Archive Reading Room (VARR) at https://vac.sjas.gov.si/vac. The VARR information solution provides users with a tool for searching, ordering and using physical and electronic archival material in Slovenian archives (in addition to the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia, six regional archives from Ljubljana, Maribor, Celje, Ptuj, Koper and Nova Gorica). After successful registration, login and confirmation of the user account by the administrator of the VARR system, the user can order materials and reproductions. The detailed finding aid for this collection is also available as pfd, comprises 52 pages and contains a brief description of the archival material found in a collection.

Archivist Note

Description prepared by Jovita Pristovšek based on survey work in the collection in 2024.

Rules and Conventions

EHRI Guidelines for Description v.1.0