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The International Tracing Service (ITS) has recently hired three new staff members in leadership positions: Dr. Volker Uhl began his duties as Deputy Director of the ITS in the middle of November 2013, Jörn Hendrik Kischlat was appointed the head of the Archival Cataloging Department as of the beginning of December, and Dr. Christian Groh will join the ITS in April 2014 as Chief of the Archives Branch.


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The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen this week provided further digital copies of its records to seven partner organizations in Israel, USA, Poland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and Great Britain. It is a matter of 450,000 of a total of three million correspondence files. On the one hand, the documents contain inquiries, letters and eye witness reports from people who were victims of Nazi persecution themselves or their family members. On the other hand, the inquiries of authorities for the purpose of compensation are also kept here. 




The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen today received a certificate for the inscription into the UNESCO "Memory of the World" register. "The archives were assessed to be of exceptional value and importance for humanity, for their evidential contribution to knowledge about the impact of war on peoples. By inscribing these archives on its Memory of the World Register, UNESCO hopes that their true value will become better known among researchers and educational institutions”, said UNESCO's Joie Springer during a small ceremony in Bad Arolsen. 




Eva Kühne-Hörmann, State Minister of Higher Education, Research and the Arts, held talks in Bad Arolsen today about a new archive building for the ITS, and the opportunities for collaborative research projects. 'The ITS is moving into a new era. It has a new academic management and the archive has been registered in the UNESCO Memory of the World program', the minister said. 'Now is the time to draw attention to this unique collection, and entrust this treasure to research.'


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The second scholarly yearbook of the ITS in Bad Arolsen deals with early postwar testimonies of survivors of Nazi persecution and the Holocaust. "The testimonies in the form of letters, articles, diaries or statements show that survivors were clearly not silent after their liberation and began dealing with the torments they had suffered early on," said Dr. Susanne Urban, head of research and education at the ITS.




The UNESCO has inscribed the original documents and the Central Name Index of the Archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, Germany, into the Memory of the World Register. „We are thrilled by the news“, said ITS director Professor Rebecca Boehling. „This is a great honor for the ITS and should attract even more attention to our incredible collections related to the victims of Nazi persecution and its legacy. The responsibility we all share in securing and preserving these archives for posterity is confirmed by this UNESCO decision.“


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The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen published a general inventory on its website today. It catalogues the archival collections and provides for the very first time detailed information about the scope of the different sub-fonds. In addition, it offers short explanations about the type, background and origin of some of the documents. "The publication of the general inventory represents a further step towards more transparency. We want to improve access to our archival collections", said Professor Rebecca Boehling, Director of the ITS.


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From 27th to 29th May 2013 the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen hosted a workshop on “Geography and Holocaust research” with 18 participants from seven countries. “We are very pleased to be the host for this important interdisciplinary exchange between academics. The findings of the geographers enable even better depiction of the geographical and time relationships of the Holocaust,” said Professor Rebecca Boehling, Director of the ITS.


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The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, the Educational Centre of the Fritz Bauer Institute and the Jewish Museum Frankfurt, and the Anne Frank Educational Centre in Frankfurt are working together on the development of the exhibition 'Life in Transit - Trauma and New Beginnings. Survivors of Nazi Persecution'. According to Dr Susanne Urban, Head of research and education at the ITS, "the exhibition will portray the lives of survivors in the aftermath of Nazi persecution, the Holocaust and forced labour.




The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen has published two more finding aids on its website. They describe the archive collections on the Westerbork police transit camp and on the persecution measures by the Nazis in the Benelux countries.


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The new Director of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, Professor Rebecca Boehling, intends to promote research more intensely in the ITS archives. "I am looking forward to the challenge", said Boehling. "We want to make our archives even more accessible to the academic community. I would like to publicize what treasures are contained here in the archives and the plethora of research opportunities. The history of the victims of Nazi persecution is an international story that still affects many people throughout the world today." With Dr Helge Kleifeld, the ITS has also been able to gain a new Head Archivist who started work this week as well.