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Network and Dialog

Participants in the workshop “Life in the Aftermath – Displaced Persons, Displaced Children and Child Survivors on the move.”

Participants in the workshop “Life in the Aftermath – Displaced Persons, Displaced Children and Child Survivors on the move.”

The new target system calls for the ITS to strengthen its national and international connections and stimulate activity in its various networks. In 2016, there were two main events to highlight in connection with this:

The ITS and the Max Mannheimer Study Center organized a workshop entitled “Life in the Aftermath – Displaced Persons, Displaced Children and Child Survivors on the move.” What happened to the people who survived forced labor, deportation, and the concentration camps? And what challenges were faced by liberated adolescents and children? In recent years there has been growing interest in researching the situation of displaced persons (DPs) after 1945. At the end of May 2016, an international workshop on this topic was held in Dachau.

The ITS is continually improving access to the around 85 percent of its archival documents pertaining to Nazi crimes and their consequences that have already been digitized. At the international workshop on “Improving Access to the ITS Archives” in March 2016 in Bad Arolsen, representatives of the partner institutions of the ITS learned about strategies and tools for searching the digitized ITS archive. One focal point of the workshop was the interaction between copyholders and ITS employees.

Connections with international institutions also played an important role in the personal effects initiative launched by the ITS in 2016 – learn more.

New partnerships and initiatives were launched or supported:

  • ASF volunteer service

    The ITS has been a project partner to the German International Program of the Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ASF) since 2016. Starting in September 2017, volunteers will help research the fates of individuals persecuted by the Nazi regime in the digitized ITS archive and assist the Polish- and Russian-language teams in processing inquiries from victims of the Nazis and their families. 

  • EHRI fellowship project

    The ITS has participated in the fellowship program of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) since 2016. The goal of this EU-financed project is to encourage and support research into the Holocaust. Four scholarship holders conducted research at the ITS in 2016. Angela Boone looked into discrimination against Jews in the Netherlands after the war. Anna Maria Droumpouki worked on her project about Holocaust reparations in Greece. Polish Jews who were deported to Siberia were the focus of research by Lidia Zessin-Jurek. And Katharina Hering was drawn to the ITS for her project about ethical questions arising from public access to files on claims for compensation and restitution.

  • Antisemitism today

    “If law enforcement, governments, and political leaders fail to respond to antisemitism, it sends the message that we tolerate and completely accept it.” In a short film from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, ITS Director Floriane Hohenberg clearly expresses a zero-tolerance strategy for dealing with antisemitism. Together with renowned human rights experts and representatives from politics, business, and religion, she warns of the societal consequences of hate and antisemitism.

We would like to introduce four visitors and their projects who represent nearly 500 scholars who carried out research in Bad Arolsen in 2016. Click the photos if you want to learn more.