First look at the EHRI portal

The EHRI Portal is built around three major hierarchical elements: Countries, Archival Institutions, and Archival Descriptions. For a short introduction, please see this video and online course

In the next pages we will explain How to create Archival institutions, Archival Descriptions, Authority Records, and Access Points, but first here is an additional introduction to the EHRI Portal.



Each country has a dedicated country report. To access this page just click on the country name:


Country reports provide information about the Holocaust history of and the archival situation in that country, as well as a summary of EHRI’s research work conducted on the respective country so far and an extensive report of that work. For more information about the structure, length and purpose of the country reports, please read the introduction to the country reports on the EHRI website.

Below the country report, there is a search box for archival institutions situated within this country, as well as a possibility to browse archival institutions in this country. You can further explore the archival descriptions within these archival institutions.

Tips & tricks: We recommend you read all the information listed in the country report. However, if you are just interested in a specific section of a country report, click on the section’s name under "Contents".


Archival Institutions

The EHRI Portal provides information on archival institutions which hold Holocaust-related archival material.

One can find archival institutions using the general search box, search or browse the archival institutions under archival institutions or access them via the search function underneath the country reports.

Archival Descriptions

The EHRI Portal provides Holocaust-related archival descriptions.

Archival descriptions can be searched through the general search box, searched or browsed via archival descriptions or, if an archival institution has archival descriptions of its holdings on the EHRI Portal, these can be searched or browsed below the description of the particular archive on its archival institution entry page in the EHRI Portal.