I endorse WS3838 (?)'s view that - as has been said many times on these threads - in 1979 the Arolsen Archive issued a statement with 271k total mortality for 13 camps, then in 1983 issued a second statement with a 282k total for 15 camps, then (he omits this) in 1991 a total of 296k for 15 camps. These are fully coherent and point to real, genuine data-collection.
Why do we not have a more recent estimate? My feeling is that if Nick Terry were to write and ask them on his university-headed notepaper he might get a reply. None of us lot will!
The ITS has announced that its millions of data-items are being released (the ICRC record of mortality at the camps, as archived at Arolsen, has been renamed the International Tracing Service) :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internatio ... ng_Service
“ In August 2007, the USHMM received the first installment of records and in November 2007, received the Central Name Index. Materials will continue to be received as they are digitized. One institution is designated for each of the 11 countries to receive a copy of the archive.”
In the UK it’s the Weiner Library. I spent a while in that Library earlier this year (it claims to have 60,000 Holo-books) and was allowed data-access to this ‘released’ Arolsen-Archive data on a desktop - but, somewhat as I suspected there is NO WAY anyone can get totals out of it. It's carefully designed so no-one can get out the one thing that really matters, viz the total figures. I grilled the lady there in charge of this database – she had been to training courses in Israel and another in Germany – and she likewise could not see any way of getting the totals, any
Eventually they figured out I was H-D or a ‘Denier’ so sent me a letter saying I was not welcome.
IMO Dr Terry’s students need the Arolsen data broken down not only by camp but month by month, and grouped by eg Jews, Poles, Russians and Germans, these being the categories they mostly used. This is perfectly normal data-analysis.
NB Dr T., what is source of “Mauthausen's death books, including those for Gusen, give 68,874 names,” – I thought we only had death-books for Auschwitz?