This early, non-standardized form for a Lebenslauf (“curriculum vitae”) came from the Political Department of Buchenwald. The curriculum vitae would be filled out by the prisoners themselves in the presence of the block elders. Instructions issued to the prisoner registry office of Buchenwald concentration camp explained the procedure: “The block elder initiates and monitors the completion of the form and returns the completed form to the registry office, which gives it to the report leader to be forwarded to the Political Department.” ( Digital Archive, Arolsen Archives) The CV asks for more detailed information than the prisoner registration form regarding the prisoner’s education, work experience, membership in political parties and how the prisoner’s family would be supported during his or her imprisonment. The CV was placed in the prisoner’s registration file, which was kept in the Political Department.