a A


We document and facilitate research about the victims of National Socialism to ensure the commemoration of their suffering. Please help support our efforts!

By dealing with the crimes of the Nazis and in this way raising awareness of the consequences of discrimination, racism and anti-Semitism the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) provide unique possibilities for teaching successive generations - not only in Germany, but all over the world - the values of democracy.

Roughly 30 million documents in the ITS archives provide information about the victims of German concentration camps, ghettos and forced labor as well as the early postwar lives of survivors.

Please help support these important efforts aimed at actively remembering the victims and survivors of Nazi persecution! The ITS creates projects that we would like to develop further beyond the financial resources constraints of the budget of the Federal Republic of Germany, for example:

  • Educational projects for schools and universities (including teaching materials).
  • Travel support of scholars and teachers, particularly from Eastern Europe, enabling them to pursue research and training at the ITS.
  • Mentoring of scholarly projects, including translating them into exhibits, documentations etc.
  • Development of information in formats targetting adolescents (new media).
  • Research at the ITS
    Displaced Persons (DPs) are one important focus of research at the ITS. This term was coined by the Allies for the millions of people who were deported by Nazi Germany and were displaced from their countries of origin after the liberation. The ITS has developed a travelling exhibit »“Wohin sollten wir nach der Befreiung?” Zwischenstationen: Displaced Persons nach 1945« (Where should we have gone after the Liberation? Transit Stations: Displaced Persons after 1945), the first exhibit dealing systematically with different groups of DPs and representing diverse facets of life in DP camps and the Allies’ care of these survivors. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”. Parallel to the exhibit, a comprehensive DP camp registry for the western zones of occupied Germany has been compiled and published on the internet for use by survivors, descendants and researchers.

    Now that this exhibit is complete, the ITS would like to continue to advance research on the subject of DPs and DP camps. With the help of your donation, we would like to launch the following projects:

    • A meeting to create a network of German and international scholars and researchers.
    • An international conference focused on Displaced Persons and a subsequent publication.
  • Pedagogical Work

    A central pedagogical component of the ITS is the preparation of teaching materials to convey knowledge about the crimes of Nazi Germany and the lives of survivors to children and adolescents. The ITS has already published pedagogical booklets about the Index Card File of the Reich Association of Jews, children and adolescents as Nazi victims, the Allies’ Child Search Branch and about Displaced Persons. We would now like to work on another subject:

    • Development of a teaching unit on the “death marches”.
    • To supplement this, the ITS would like to award grants to interested groups of pupils and teachers to enable them to use the archives on site for their own projects and to enhance educator skills.

    Your donation will help us to put these important pedagogical plans into practice.

  • Preservation of the Unique Documents

    The archive with its 30 million documents is both the heart and the soul of the ITS. The transformation of the ITS into a center for documentation, information and research and its public archival access require a great deal of work that cannot be fully covered by German taxpayer funding. With the help of your donation, we would like to implement the following project to preserve ITS documents:

    To ensure the preservation of the original documents and the Central Name Index, which have been inscribed on the UNESCO “Memory of the World” Register, visitors are no longer allowed today to see or touch the originals. However, the documents and the Name Index with 50 million cards referring to 17.5 million persons represent a unique memorial made up of paper. The ITS would like to prepare a small exhibit for visitors with facsimiles of these documents in boxes and shelves in order to replicate the historical work with this Central Name Index and the documents. In this way, the search for victims and survivors can represent a historical testimony to these enormous post-war humanitarian efforts.