The database contains information about the fate of more than 7,000 Italian and foreign Jews deported from Italy and about 2,000 Italian and foreign Jews deported from the Aegean Islands.
Personal data includes: surname, name, date and place of birth, surname and name of spouse (if deported), place of arrest, camp of deportation out of Italy and final fate.
The database contains all the Shoah victims:
- People who died in deportation
- People killed in Italy before going through the deportation process; people who killed themselves; people who didn't survive the poverty and privation caused by living in hiding
- People who survived the deportation
The database also includes some dozens of antifascist Jews deported for political reasons, who weren’t at once identified as Jews. They were mainly deported to the Mauthausen concentration camp.
The database includes some non-Jewish individuals who, for different reasons, were victims too of anti-Jewish hate.
Among Shoah victims there are also some groups of temporary residents who were arrested in Italy or in Italian territories, such as Anglo-Libyan Jews with British documents, who had been confined since 1942 in internment camps in Italy by Italian colonial authorities. Jews arrested in former Yugoslavia areas, whose deportation process started in Trieste, are also included in the database, as well as the group of refugees from France who were arrested in the Cuneo valleys and concentrated in the alpine troops barrack in Borgo San Dalmazzo.
Italian Jews who lived abroad and were arrested and deported from non-Italian areas (for exemple France, Thessaloniki, etc.) are not included in the database.
From the historical point of view, also Jews of so-called “small citizenship” who lived in the Aegean Islands should be included. They will be added to the database in 2013, because the anagraphical research on each victim is still going on. So far, we have been collecting information on more than 1860 people.
It should be noted that the group concentrated in Borgo San Dalmazzo was moved to Nice and then to the Drancy police transit camp before being deported to Auschwitz. Therefore, these people are recorded also among the victims deported from France. Similarly, Jews arrested in the former Yugoslavia region - which became the so-called Independent State of Croatia or Operational Zone of the Adriatic Littoral (Operationszone Adriatisches Küstenland) – who were deported through the Risiera di San Sabba police transit camp, are recorded today among the victims deported from Italy but someday they could be recorded also among the victims deported from former Yugoslavia.
Women appear in the database with their maiden names.
When husband and wife were both deported from Italy, their cards in the database are mutually linked.
The time span which has been considered goes from 8 September 1943 (beginning of German occupation of Italy and institution of the Italian Social Republic) to the end of April 1945, (liberation of whole Italy).
The spellings of names and surnames of foreign Jews have been left as found in official documents: sometimes they are italianized, sometimes not. Therefore, these spellings are not uniform; for instance, both Gurewitz and Gurwicz, Goldschmidt and Goldschmied can be found. Even relatives can appear in the database with their surnames spelled differently.
Names can be searched in the database by typing at least three of their consecutives letters.
Places and countries of birth of foreign Jews have been considered in the geopolitical background of 1938 Europe, namely inside pre WWII borders and with the denomination used at that time. For instance, “Soviet Union” is used instead of “Russia”.
The list of sources used in the research is included in Il Libro della Memoria, Mursia 1991 (last revised edition: 2001) and it is periodically updated.