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Glossary

  • File number

    Previous filing mode applied by ITS to register requests for several persons on one application sheet (more than five). The number may figure on a reference card of the Central Name Index.

  • Finding Aids

    Within the ITS, finding aids describe the content of one archival record group and shall guide the user to the holdings, records and other units of the archives. The arrangement of the finding aids depends either on the structure of the institution that once created the records, or on a topical sub-division of records. The number of finding aids will gradually be increased.

  • Forced Labor

    According to estimates, more than twelve million human individuals - among them civilians, concentration camp inmates and prisoners of war - were employed as forced laborers in World War II. They were exploited in all sectors of German economy.

  • Forced Labor Camp

    Detainment camps for prisoners forced to engage in penal labor; the early labor camps were primarily composed of the "undesirables" or "asocials."

  • Foundlings

    ITS uses the term “foundling” to describe the parentless children who survived concentration and forced labor camps and whose origin or family background was unknown. The child search branch at the ITS attempted to clarify the origins of the children and to find their relatives or an adoptive family.