International Tracing Service

As a result of the Second World War the fate of millions of people needed, and still needs, to be investigated. As early as 1943, a department was set up within the British Red Cross, on the initiative of Allied Forces HQ, to begin the work of tracing people.

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You will find information about the organisations preceding ITS here.

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Arolsen was chosen because of its central location between the four occupied zones and because it had large, undamaged buildings and good telegraph and telephone connections. The first locations were an office building and the former SS barracks.

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