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2014 ITS Conference Flyer

Together with the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C., USA, and the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, Germany, an international conference on “International Tracing Service Collections and Holocaust Scholarship“ will be held in Washington, D.C. from 12 to 13 May 2014.

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“Radical traditions: Metaphors and catchwords”

Workshop at the Philipps-Universität Marburg on 9 April 2014

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On the 9 of April 2014, a workshop on the subject “Radical traditions: Metaphors and catchwords” will take place at the Philipps-Universität in Marburg, prepared by the International Tracing Service (ITS) in cooperation with the advisory network “beratungsNetzwerk hessen”. In addition to initiating lectures by Dr. Susanne Urban, Head of Research and Education at the ITS, and Dr. Reiner Becker, “beratungsNetzwerk hessen – Landeskoordinierungsstelle”, the participants will work in groups on different subjects and deal with language and prejudices.

 

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"The Future of Holocaust Testimonies III"

An International Conference and Workshop between 25 and 27 March 2014 in Akko, Israel

In collaboration with Western Galilee College, Yad Vashem and the Ghetto Fighters House an international interdisciplinary conference and workshop on “The Future of Holocaust Testimonies III” will be held in Akko/Israel from 25 to 27 March 2014. Dr Susanne Urban, Head of Research and Education Department at the International Tracing Service (ITS) Bad Arolsen, Germany, will be presenting a paper on “My only document is the number on my hand …” and analyze early statements by survivors found in the ITS documentation.

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Day of the Archives

Insights into the archives for all interested parties on 8th March 2014

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On Saturday, 8th March 2014, the International Tracing Service (ITS) will open its doors on Schlossstraße on the occasion of the Day of the Archives. This nationwide event has been organized for the seventh time by the association of German archivists “Verband deutscher Archivarinnen und Archivare (VdA)“. This time, archives are presented to the public under the general theme “Women - Men - Power”. The original documents and the Central Name Index in the archives of the ITS, including about 30 million documents altogether, were entered into the list «Memory of the World» of the UNESCO World Document Heritage in 2013.

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In cooperation with the teacher training college of the “Gemeinschaft Evangelischer Erzieher GEE” (community of Protestant educators), the “Jüdisches Museum Westfalen“ (Jewish Museum Westphalia), the “Kinderlehrhaus zur Förderung des interreligiösen und interkulturellen Lernens e.V.” (children’s school for the encouragement of interreligious and intercultural learning), the Protestant church district Recklinghausen, the “Gesellschaft für Christlich-Jüdische Zusammenarbeit Recklinghausen e.V.” (society for Christian-Jewish cooperation in Recklinghausen) and the International Tracing Service (ITS) Bad Arolsen, a training course with the title “Displaced Persons after 1945: intermediate life in transit“ will take place on 26 February 2014. Multipliers will have the chance to get an impression of the different educational approaches to the subject and to become acquainted with the stocks of documents in the archives of the ITS. Please register by 20 February 2014.

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On February 14th, 2014, the Greek city of Haidari will hold a one-day conference within the scope of the project "HOPE ΙΙ: The Story of Europe Remembrance and the Circle of European Friends who Resisted Hitler." A presentation by ITS director Professor Rebecca Boehling will provide information about the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, its archival holdings and research possibilities. The Hope program, which was implemented by the Municipality of Haidari, intends to sustain the commemoration of Nazi crimes and to expand the awareness of citizens and the younger generation concerning the importance of the national resistance to maintaining peace, democracy and the protection of human rights. The project is fully funded by the European Union.

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On the occasion of the Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January 2014, the exhibition “Search for Traces - the Death Marches in the Documents of the International Tracing Service (ITS)” will be shown for the first time at the criminal police faculty of the college of the Federal Government at the Federal Criminal Police Office in Wiesbaden. As an introduction into the subject and to accompany the exhibition, Dr. Susanne Urban, Head of Research and Education at the ITS, will give a lecture for the students and, afterwards, hold a workshop about “Participators in National Socialism”. The exhibition has been rearranged for the institution and will be shown there at least twice a year. The event is not open to the public.

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