International Tracing Service

What can be researched?

The ITS helps with a wide range of research work. The files in its archives can be reviewed and used for any type of research project (from undergraduate to doctoral theses, educational handouts, biographical and regional-historical work, to students’ projects). The archives can be extremely useful for work on publications of every kind, as well as exhibitions.

Alongside the comprehensive individual-related documentation of prisoners at the various extermination and concentration camps, labour camps, prisons and ghettos, there are files on slave labourers and a large set of documents regarding displaced persons. The child tracing archive, the correspondence between requesters and ITS (older than 25 years) are also available for historical research purposes.

Records on the most varied topics round off these sets of documents. Included here are:

  • Maps
  • Witness testimonies
  • Court case files
  • Legal gazettes from the "Third Reich"
  • Court orders
  • Written correspondence between SS offices etc.
  • Documents on death marches
  • Documents on the Allies' endeavours to search for children and on their DP policy.

Scholars who would like to access the archive inventory must file a

» Research application

and accept the

» Regulations for access

ITS decided to adopt the regulations and guidelines for safeguarding good scientific practice that had been compiled by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

» Guidelines for Good Scientific Practice