Material Traces of GenocideHolocaust Research & Education Foundation
The Material Traces of Genocide Foundation (MTOG), explore Holocaust sites and areas of Nazi persecution around Europe, documenting material remnants before they are lost forever.
As we approach 80 years since the end of World War 2, buildings, machinery and infrastructure that supported the Nazi Genocide are increasingly being erased, and in many cases, these locations are the only eye witness to the crimes they were used for. For this reason, we dedicate our time to researching forgotten, and sometimes unknown locations for preservation and education and to keep the memory of the victims alive.
The MTOG (Material Traces of Genocide) archivists met with Marek Łazarz, the curator of the Żagań POW camp museum as we begin a collaboration looking into the many places of imprisonment in the area. One of the areas of research we are currently researching is the zwangsarbeiterlager, the temporary Jewish imprisonment camp located at the train junction in Żagań. If you have information about this camp, please get in touch by clicking the button below.
Latest edition of Traces now available
The latest edition of our Magazine, ‘Traces’, is now available for free download and hard copy purchase. This edition explores two contrasting journeys on both sides of the Holocaust. Firstly, Serge Laks, a survivor of Auschwitz, Gleiwitz and Blechhammer. Serge had only told his story to his daughter Christine shortly before his death, and in his diaries, he had mentioned SS-Hauptscharführer Otto Moll, one of the most brutal and sadistic SS men in the concentration camp system. Moll’s sadism knew no boundaries; however, his actions would often contradict his cruelty. We explore Moll’s background, from the beginning of the war, right up until his trial in 1945, in an extract from one of our extended essays to be fully published in the near future.