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Glossary

  • Individual Documents

    Documents relating to individuals which are sorted alphabetically by names.

  • Informal Requests

    Requests that do not come under the competence of the International Tracing Service (ITS). As a rule, ITS here either writes an answer referring the sender to the proper office, or passes the request directly on to that agency.

  • Inquiry card

    Inquiry cards are produced for new requests submitted to ITS, with a separate card being created for every name/every spelling. The mentioned card includes concise respectively summarized information on the ordeal of the person concerned and the inquirer. The original of the card is filed in the electronic Central Name Index, a copy of it in the pertinent T/D-case file.

  • Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration

    Abbreviation: ICEM

    The Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration was established as Provisional International Committee for the Movement of Migrants in Europe (PICMME) in 1951 to help Europe's Governments with the resettlement of fugitives from war after the Second World War. The Committee coordinated the migration of almost one million individuals in the 1950s.

  • International Refugee Organization

    Abbreviation: IRO

    Founded as successor of the UNRRA in 1946, the International Refugee Organization (IRO) took up work in July 1947 which, in addition to the care for and repatriation of Displaced Persons, included their migration to a third country now. The IRO discontinued its activities in January 1952 and was replaced by the bureau of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

  • Internment Camp

    Internment camps served during World War II as detention centers, mainly for foreigners from enemy or neutral countries or for Germans who had fled the Nazi regime and were caught again by the advancing German troops. Internment camps were not specifically Nazi camps but also existed in other countries for "enemy aliens".

  • Inventory Card File

    The inventory card file is a description of the collection of documents from the early days of the ITS. In contrast to the general inventory, the entries are not sorted chronologically by receipt of the documents, but rather by topic. They also include information about the source of the document, the places and nationalities that are mentioned, as well as the time periods covered. In this respect the inventory card file was used as a finding aid. The “Wartime Documents” inventory card, which was run until 1951, is particularly comprehensive.