The preliminary investigations focus on sources in Germany, which help us to locate still living staff members of a camp, task forces or other units. Available evidence rarely proves concrete aiding and abetting of a particular murder, but it can prove participation in the system of mass murder. This wide approach has built the basis for a list of 30 persons from Auschwitz. With the same approach, we have transferred 16 criminal proceedings to the public prosecutor’s offices against staff members of the concentration camp Majdanek (Lublin); one proceeding is still pending in court. Nine proceedings concerning the concentration camp Stutthof (near Danzig) have been transferred in 2016 – two of them are pending in court. Currently, we are investigating the concentration camps Bergen-Belsen, Neuengamme, Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen, Ravensbrück and Mittelbau-Dora.

Another focal point of working is the scrutiny of files at archives in the Russian Federation. After the political changes in the former Eastern bloc, the Central Office has gained access to the archive material, which had been kept there and had been inaccessible during the Cold War. Soon after German reunification, the Central Office got the order from the conference of ministers of justice to look through and to analyse the large “NS-Archive” of the ministry of national security (German: Ministerium für Staatssicherheit - MfS), access to which had been refused for so many years by the authorities of the German Democratic Republic.

Moreover, the activities of the Central Office are extended to South America as well, because of the suspicion that Nazi-criminals have been immigrated to these countries for hiding.


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