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Finding aids

ITS 1 - Child Search Branch

The finding aid describes the files of the Child Search Branch from the period between 1945 and 1955. The fonds mainly consist of correspondence sent and received in the context of the search for missing children and in the context of the identification of, and care for, children found to be by their own (“unaccompanied children”). They also include field, monthly and annual reports written by UNRRA or IRO staff that deal with the steadily changing build-up and organisation of the Child Search Branch, but also describe the tasks of this institution and its results. At present, 363 files are described. The titles have been entered in English, the ‘native’ language of these archival units.  


R 1 - "Generalbauinspektor für die Reichshauptstadt" (Construction Inspector General for the Reich’s Capital)

Irrespective of their current sub-record group affiliation, the records of the “Construction Inspector General” (GBI) are put together in this finding aid. As every record unit had to be registered anew for the purpose, some records were described for the first time. The description carried out included documents not yet inventoried and documents already integrated within the digital archive. The record group comprises 105 records’ units of about 2.5 linear metres.


R 2 - Files of the "Geheime Staatspolizei" (Gestapo)

The finding aid comprises 467 original individual case files (personal files) of the Headquarters of the secret state police (“Staatspolizei(leit)stelle”) in Düsseldorf and its branches in Essen, Duisburg and Krefeld, of Gestapo Linz, of the Gestapo units taking charge of Concentration Camps Neuengamme and Sachsenhausen as well as of Labour Reform Camp Rudersberg, a subsidiary of Gestapo Stuttgart.


NS 1 - Documents of the SS Organization "Lebensborn"

In the summer of 1948, the International Tracing Service recieved the largest portion of the remaining documents of the SS organization “Lebensborn” from the Berlin Document Center. At the end of the war, these documents were saved from being destroyed in upper Bavaria. The 529 files from the Head Department of Health, the Board of Directors and by the chief physician of "Lebensborn" and director Gregor Ebner reflect the scope of this racial SS organization.


M 1 - Courts Martial of the German Army

679 court files on legal proceedings against foreign members of the German Army are described in this finding aid. The lawsuits brought against them before courts martial of the German Army between 1940 and 1945 mainly referred to incidents at sections of the Eastern Front. The files are originals.


M 2 - Allied Military Tribunals

Initiated by the Office of the US Chief of Counsel for War Crimes (OCCWC) as 8th so-called Nuremberg Follow-Up Trial against War Criminals, the case was heard by the American Military Tribunal I, Court I, between 20 October 1947 and 17 February 1948. In 1948 the Berlin Document Center had transmitted a complete copy of the files to the ITS. The holdings consist of 196 units of description and are connected with the “Lebensborn e.V.” association (see collection NS 1).


B 1 - "Verwaltungsamt für innere Restitutionen" (Administrative Office for Inner Restitutions)

The Administrative Office for Inner Restitutions had the task to return so-called effects to persons who had been imprisoned by the Nazis and the Allies. Effects are called all those personal belongings that were confiscated from the prisoners. The effects detailed in this finding aid were transferred to the office by the British Military Administration and then entrusted to the ITS between 1962 and 1964. The record group contains voluminous ITS correspondence with the recipients of effects. The product of a re-description, the finding aid includes 104 records’ units, which corresponds to a volume of about three linear metres.


Records on Death Marches (Special Inventory)

This finding aid covers the files from the ITS holdings that provide information on the death marches starting from concentration camps in the last weeks of the war. The finding aid comprehends 370 units.


NInv - Non-Inventoried Acquisitions

This finding aid includes overview-like descriptions on the non-inventoried ITS acquisitions from the last years ending in 2015. Already in 2006, the ITS had to discontinue active document acquisition and inventorying for the time being due to digitisation and data transmission action. If completely printed out, the total volume of the holdings described in this finding aid in 462 description units comprises approximately 3000 linear metres of documents relating to all fields of the ITS collections. Most documents are copies of records originating from other institutions and archives.


Finding Aid Westerbork Collection

In 25 units the finding aid describes the small collection the ITS has compiled on camp Westerbork. The camp primarily served as a transit camp for Jews from the Netherlands who were deported to extermination camps. The fonds mainly contain transport lists and death records.


Subject-related inventory on Nazi persecution measures in the Benelux countries

In 265 units the finding aid describes the content of the ITS collection on Nazi persecution measures in the Benelux Countries (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg). The collection contains files produced by different institutions and coming from diverse collections (archives and registries of public authorities). The description of the collection aimed to reconstruct its original context, i.e. its provenances.


0.4 – Card Index of the “General Documents“ of the collection Incarceration and Persecution

The Finding Aid (48,056 inventory units) encompasses a part (640 folders) of the collection General Documents (totaling approx. 1,820 folders) primarily on the incarceration sites of the Nazi Regime. The referenced documents are from the period 1933 to 1979 and are not always available in the German language. The Finding Aid available in German was created between 1970 and 1982 by the ITS and then retro-converted between 2014 and 2016 with the support of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

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