In many cases, this field is not filled out or includes only vague names and places. Because of the chaos of the war, many liberated prisoners did not know whether their families and friends were still alive, and if so, where they were. Francisco Caballero, who was liberated in Buchenwald, wrote: “I do not know the actual addresses of my acquaintances in France, for during more [than] five years I have not received any news from them.” ( Digital Archive, Arolsen Archives)