Prisoners' belongings files
The forms were called Effekten-Verzeichnis (lit. a list of items) and primarily they were printed for the concentration camp in Dachau. The documents were in A4 format and were marked with an acronym KZD (Konzentrationslager Dachau). At that time, two versions of the form were available: the first one printed in December 1940, the second one – in June 1941.
When the next transports of Jews from Slovakia came to Majdanek, the second version of the form was introduced and duplicated with the name of the camp “Kriegsgefangenenlager Lublin” (camp for prisoners of war in Lublin) in the headline. It was printed in April 1942. The form was being used almost throughout the whole year 1942. In December 1942, the camp authorities ordered to print the new forms “Effekten-Verzeichnis” because the camp name was meant to be changed from “Kriegsgefangenenlager Lublin” into “Konzentrationslager Lublin” (concentration camp in Lublin). What is interesting, the acronym of the previous name, probably by omission, was used twice in the new forms: Zugang KGL (arrival to KGL Lublin) and Abgang KGL (departure from KGL Lublin). Probably that is why the form was no longer used after the change of the camp name.
In March 1943, a new version of the form “Effekten-Verzeichnis” with the headline KZL (Konzentrationslager Lublin) was made in a duplicator and then printed. The printed version was being used until July 1943.
In autumn 1943, the next version of the form “Effekten-Verzeichnis” was introduced. A format changed into A5. In December 1943, it was modified but only the font had changed.
After the war, the remains of 5587 forms “Effekten-Verzeichnis” with the prisoners’ data were found in the former German concentration camp at Majdanek. These forms and money records constitute only a part of the whole documentation produced by the administration of KL Lublin. Unfortunately, due to the bad condition of the most documents containing information about prisoners and their belonging, it was impossible to distinguish the versions of all of them.
However, it was determined that among 5587 documents there are: 1414 forms in KZL (Konzentrationslager Lublin) version, 813 – KL3 (smaller format) version introduced in autumn 1943, 273 KZD version forms primarily printed for KL Dachau, 574 forms with the headline “Kriegsgefangenenlager,” 1944 forms made in duplicators and 76 forms from the Buchenwald camp that were brought to Majdanek with the prisoners.