Data Considerations

Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge (VdK) Germany has provided The World Remembers with the names of 800,165 German soldiers killed in WWI.  There are perhaps 700,000 other names missing from these data files. The official number of German military deaths in the war is estimated at 1.8 million.

The main reason for the missing files is the loss of German archives as a result of bombing in WWII. However VdK continues to digitize remaining WWI paper documents and hopes to include an additional WWI 80,000 German names in their database before 2018. These additional names will be added to The World Remembers names-display. For more information on German WWI archives please go to www.volksbund.de. Local and regional archives in Germany may also assist you in your search for a name that does not appear here.