About us

Tracing the Past was founded in 2014 as a registered non-profit organization in Berlin, Germany, by a like-minded group of Berliners consisting primarily of historians. Current contributors include archivists and information technology experts working in many facets of Holocaust history and provenance research.

Back row left to right:
Roderick Miller; Sebastian Finsterwalder; Dr. Sibylle Ehringhaus; Front row left to right: Axel Benjamin Herzberg LL.M., Dr. Caroline Flick, Michael Götze, Peter Prölß


Since starting the Mapping the Lives project in 2007, any discrepancies noticed in other databases have been noted and forwarded to the persons and institutions responsible for them so that they can correct any errors and make any necessary changes based on the newly discovered information provided. A number of good working relationships have been established, with the informal agreement to mutually share information when possible.

One major benefit as a result of this cooperation is the increase in the quality of data for all involved. Literally thousands of corrected names, places, dates of birth etc. have resulted from these information exchanges, identifying survivors who had been incorrectly listed as having died, as well as adding hundreds of people to the German national Memorial Book of Shoah victims who had not thus far been identified and properly memorialized.

We wish to offer grateful thanks to the following organizations for their academic support:

The Federal German Archives Memorial Book
The Jewish Monument Community of the Netherlands

The Museum project Silent Heroes Memorial Center
The Berlin Coordination for the Stolperstein Project
The Freie Universität Berlin project Women Doctors in Imperial Germany
The Hamburg University project Lexicon of persecuted Musicians in the Nazi Era
The Nazi-looted books project at the Central and Regional Library of Berlin
The geodata specialists Geodaten-Deutschland.de
The software design & development company Spherical Elephant

Special thanks to the following organizations for their generous financial support: