These are the research questions that guide the shape of the entries in the encyclopedia.
- When was the site established, under what authority, and for what purpose?
- Who commanded and guarded the site?
- What type of prisoners did the site hold and what type of labor did the prisoners perform, if any?
- What companies and organizations employed them?
- How many prisoners were at the site? How and why did the total number change?
- What were the methods, motives, and circumstances of killing the inmates?
- What elements of prisoner culture were unique to the site, if any?
- Were there any key events in the history of the site, such as resistance and/or escapes, organized or otherwise?
- When and under what circumstances was the site dissolved, evacuated, or liberated?
- Were the perpetrators tried after the war and, if so, what were the results of the proceedings?
Material does not exist to answer these questions fully for every site, but the entries aim to provide considerably more information than is commonly available for all but the most well-known places.
Follow the links in the Resistance in the Smaller Ghettos of Eastern Europe feature to read sample articles written for the encyclopedia project.
See also the following articles about camps: