Today sees the release of the concluding tranche of records relating to compensation claims of British victims of Nazi persecution. Beginning in March 2016, today’s fourth and final release of just over 1,000 records marks the completion of the collection.
These files detail each applicant’s case and can include evidence of internment, medical disability claims, reactions to the outcome of awards, and the decision making process of the Foreign Office officials who administered the scheme. Some files also contain first-hand testimony of experiences. Accordingly, these files, held in the series FO 950, not only offer a complete insight into the Anglo-German compensation agreement but also provide thousands of first hand accounts of mistreatment and unlock personal accounts that may otherwise have been lost to history. Continue reading »