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Richard Ehrlich, American
The Central Name Index HA 8, 2007
Gelatin Silver Print on paper
20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm)


Object Type: Photography
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Louis Stern in honor of Deborah Stern, Class of 2000
Accession Number: 2009.3.8


Commentary
The Central Name Index is the point of entry for researching the Bad Arolsen archive. The ITS equivalent of a library card catalogue, the index contains 17.5 million name cards arranged alphabetically in 21,408 boxes. The cards record the 50 million documents and other items that reveal the fate of individuals during the Holocaust and the postwar period. The index was assembled over time from a variety of sources. A digitized version has been provided to Yad Vashem, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the National Institute for Remembrance in Poland. It is estimated that these institutions will have a digital version of Bad Arolsen’s entire collection by 2011.

Marks
Each photograph signed verso. Signed lower right on title page.

Medium
Gelatin Silver Print. Portfolio of 54 color photographs, edition 1/5, signed lower right on title page. Each photograph measuring 16 x 20 x 16 in (sheet size)


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