Former prisoners’ questionnaires
Open collection of post-war materials. The idea of creating them and the design of form are the authorship of former prisoners who worked in the museum after the liberation. The surveys had the task to complete the information of former prisoners towards scattering of preserved documents. Entry forms were reinvented over time. In 2021, Archive has over 24 000 prisoners’ questionnaires. They were filled by former prisoners and their families and also based on publications. They include personal data concerning arrests and traps in concentration camps, deaths and adjourns to another camps, and data about cellmates. People who filled them, added often most wide biographical notes, photos of the period before an arrest or post-war photos, personal memories and the ones about cellmates.
It is the Bureau for Former Prisoners’ correspondence which keeps with prisoners and their families, friends, institutions in the country and abroad, researchers. The oldest letters are from 1947, they are over 74 years old. The correspondence concerns searches of family members and about their fate. There are also confirmations of incarceration in the way of certificates for social aim and compensation. In view of amount of included information and the memories, it is a historical valuable collection of the documents which is unaffiliated to lack. The collection contains over 620 000 writings.