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04/25/2016 | News A story of love

After Lilia Ivanova had long since given up expecting that she would ever learn the truth, she finally discovered who her father was. And, only a short time after that, she got to know her paternal relatives in France. It is stories such as these that show how much the crimes committed by the Nazis still have an effect...

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03/31/2016 | News Rudolf Sarközi: Child from Lackenbach

“I am one of the few Lackenbach children, who are still alive”, wrote Prof. Rudolf Sarközi in his preface for the first volume of the publication series “Findings 1 – Voices of survivors from the Lackenbach »Gypsy Camp«” of the International Tracing Service (ITS).

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03/23/2016 | News More Information – better orientation

In mid-March 2016 the International Tracing Service (ITS) launched a new website. With this the ITS, as an archive and documentation center on Nazi persecution and the liberated survivors, has simplified the accessibility of its information. The modernized online presence makes it easier for former victims of Nazi...

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03/04/2016 | News “An important educational center“

In mid-February 2016 the Hessian State Secretary Mark Weinmeister visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) on the invitation of the ITS Director Floriane Hohenberg. Together with Thomas Viesehon, member of the German Parliament, Armin Schwarz, member of the Hessian Parliament and Jürgen van der Horst, Mayor of...

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03/02/2016 | News “It silently directed my life”

Four students of the Hanzehoge School Groningen visited the International Tracing service (ITS) in November 2015 to obtain documents for their documentary ‘In stilte stuurde het mijn leven’ (It silently directed my life). Here they talk about their project.

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02/15/2016 | News Third volume in the ITS series “Findings”

In conjunction with the prosecution of the perpetrators, the compensation of the victims, and public commemoration, the circle of officially recognized victims of Nazi persecution has repeatedly been redefined and widened. The International Tracing Service (ITS) sheds light on various aspects of this process – as well...

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02/09/2016 | News Securing valuable collections

The roughly 30 million original documents preserved in the ITS Archive provide information on the fates of the many victims of Nazi persecution, and form a unique memorial made of paper. To support the preservation of these valuable documents, Italy as 2015/2016 Chair of the International Commission has started an...

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01/29/2016 | News "Being different. Outsiders in history“

The theme of the 2014/2015 history competition of the German President was „Being different. Outsiders in history“. One of the entry requirements was to have either a family-related or a place-related connection to the chosen topic. I decided to write about handicapped/ill people who had lived in the period from...

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01/27/2016 | News “That was the start of everything“

On the eve of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January, the Berlin historian Alina Bothe held a fact-filled lecture for some 70 guests on the so-called “Polenaktion” from October 1938. In this first mass deportation, 16,000 to 17,000 Jews of Polish nationality were forcibly transported out of the German...

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