List of Auschwitz commanders and guards published by historians

In this June 2016 photo Brunhilde Pomsel, former secretary of NS propaganda minister Goebbels, attends the premier of the film Ein deutsches Leben ( A German Life) in Germany. Picture by Matthias Balk/dpa via AP

Historians in Poland have put online what they say is the most complete list of Nazi SS commanders and guards at the former German death camp of Auschwitz.

The Institute of National Remembrance said on Monday that the SS KL Auschwitz Garrison list is based on data from archives in Poland, Germany, Austria, the US and elsewhere.

The work - which was carried out by historian Aleksander Lasik, the institute and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial - has more than 8,500 entries.

Most of them include the date and place of birth, nationality, military service and party affiliation. Some have a photo attached.

The dates of service at Auschwitz are being verified pending publication.

Some 1.1 million people, mostly Europe's Jews, were killed at Auschwitz, which the Nazi Germans operated in occupied Poland.

Meanwhile, Brunhilde Pomsel, a former secretary of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, has died aged 106.

Ms Pomsel lived most of her life in relative obscurity until a German newspaper published an interview with her in 2011, prompting a flurry of interest in one of the last surviving members of the Nazi leadership's inner circle.

Her death was confirmed by Christian Kroenes, a director and producer of the film A German Life.

In the documentary, Ms Pomsel talks about her three years working for the man responsible for spreading Adolf Hitler's ideology in newspapers and across the airwaves.

Mr Kroenes said Ms Pomsel had been lucid when he last spoke to her on her birthday on January 11.

He said she died at her Munich home on Friday.


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