International Tracing Service

About ITS

In its mission statement, the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen declares its commitment to keep the memory of the millions of victims of Nazi persecution alive. The archive’s collections about persecution, forced labour and the Holocaust are unique in scope and significance.

The ITS preserves these historical records, answers the »requests of survivors and family menbers of victims and makes use of the collections for »research and »education. The ITS archives store about 30 million documents which can help to shed light on the fate of so many.

The alphabetically and phonetically arranged Central Name Index contains over 50 million reference cards for over 17.5 million people and is the main key to the documents and the correspondence files'. The »ITS collections comprise information about »Incarceration, »Forced Labour, the Post-War Period (»Displaced Persons) and the »Child Tracing Branch.

New Mission Statement of the ITS International Commission for the International Tracing Service (ITS):

To preserve, conserve and open up the ITS archives to public access; to modernise and make more effective its services to Nazi victims and Holocaust survivors and those who seek to trace the fate of family members persecuted by the Nazis and their allies; and to integrate the ITS into the European and international network of research and educational institutions focused on Nazi persecution, the Holocaust forced labour and displaced persons.