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04/11/2017 | News The Liberation of Buchenwald

When the first American soldiers reached the gate of the Buchenwald concentration camp at around 5:00 pm on April 11, 1945, inmate resistance groups had already taken control of the camp.

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04/08/2017 | News International Roma Day

International Roma Day on April 8 celebrates the multifarious Romani cultures and their histories. Initiatives and associations also welcome it as an opportunity to call for action against the massive discrimination of Europe’s largest ethnic minority. Even after centuries of persecution and their systematic murder by...

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04/05/2017 | News “Because it’s meaningful”

Floriane Hohenberg has been the ITS director for fifteen months. She pursues efforts to raise national and international awareness of the institution’s significance as a primary source of information on Nazi crimes and their immediate aftermath. In the interview she talks about the ITS’s new strategic orientation.

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04/03/2017 | News In commemoration of Jozef Maria Van Hees

Jozef Maria Van Hees was thirty-one when the Feldgendarmes arrested him in Merksplas, Belgium in October 1944. The young man had aided the resistance and been found out. The Nazis deported him via camp Amersfoort to the Neuengamme concentration camp, where he died just a few months later, in January 1945. His family...

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03/31/2017 | News “That was the most spectacular case”

For many years, the journalist Thomas Muggenthaler has been carrying out research at the International Tracing Service (ITS) and other archives on the topic he calls “The Love Crime: Polish Forced Laborers and German Women.” In March 2017 he presented his film—winner of the Bavarian TV Awards—at the ITS and talked...

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03/22/2017 | News Annual Meeting at ITS

The Association of Memorial Site Libraries (AGGB) convened at the International Tracing Service (ITS) from March 15–17 for its 2017 annual meeting.

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03/06/2017 | News 50 Years for the ITS

Maria Melina Scaffidi began working for the International Tracing Service (ITS) in March 1967. She was fifteen years old at the time, and had come to Northern Hesse from Milazzo in Sicily. She started out as a typist and later served for more than twenty years as the secretary of the Italian liaison mission at the ITS....

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02/20/2017 | News “It makes a difference”

The filmmaker Matthew Steinhart is the grandson of Jewish emigrants who fled from the Nazis. In early February 2017, he came to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen to shoot footage for his film on the fate of his family during the Nazi period. “I want to put special emphasis on the traces and...

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02/16/2017 | News Workshops on how to use the ITS database

For five days, representatives from various institutions that work with the digital database of the International Tracing Service (ITS) conferred in two joint workshops in Bad Arolsen. The meetings take place regularly and serve the exchange of information and the improvement of access to the documents in the ITS...

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02/09/2017 | News CfP: Online Access of Holocaust Documents

The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) project invites you to an international workshop on Online Access of Holocaust Documents: Ethical and Practical Challenges to be held by the ”Elie Wiesel” National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania, Bucharest, on 29-31 May 2017.

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