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09/30/2018 | Events Apply now for the ITS conference

The International Tracing Service (ITS) welcomes you to take part in the international conference “Tracing and Documenting Victims of Nazi Persecution: History of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Context” from 8-9 October 2018 in Bad Arolsen (Germany).

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09/20/2018 | News The Exhibition #StolenMemory in Innsbruck

The International Tracing Service (ITS) has already returned some 200 personal belongings of concentration camp inmates to the families of their onetime owners. The organization is still looking for the relatives of nearly 3,000 victims of Nazi persecution. The exhibition #StolenMemory informs viewers about this ITS...

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09/19/2018 | News Knowledge for the Future

The history of the Holocaust is the focus of a new exhibition and a learning center that both opened at the University of Huddersfield on September 17, 2018. The two offers came about through efforts of the HSFA (Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association) in cooperation with the northern English university. The...

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09/14/2018 | News A Buttress for Europe-Wide Holocaust Research

The International Tracing Service (ITS) welcomes the safeguarding and funding of the European Holocaust research project EHRI. As announced in Vienna on September 11, 2018, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) has put the project on its roadmap.

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09/07/2018 | News A transport to Auschwitz is not a place where life begins …

Luise Brand was twenty-seven years old when she was deported to the Buchenwald concentration camp from Poland on August 4, 1944 – and in her sixth month of pregnancy. Three weeks later she was declared “unfit for work” and her name was entered on a list for transport to Auschwitz.

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09/05/2018 | News Call for Application: Winter School 2019

Applications for the International Winter School for Educators “Nazi Forced Labour – History and Aftermath” organized by the International Tracing Service (ITS) and the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre Berlin-Schöneweide should be received by 20th September 2018. The English-language seminar will be held in...

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08/22/2018 | News The “Polenaktion” 1938 – Learning with historical sources

The International Tracing Service (ITS) will hold a training seminar for specialists from schools and other educational institutions as part of the educational program accompanying the “Expelled! Berlin 28.10.1938” exhibition at the Centrum Judaicum in Berlin. On September 17, 2018, Akim Jah, a research associate from...

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08/15/2018 | News Born in Theresienstadt

Ellis de Vries was born on October 15, 1944, in the Theresienstadt ghetto. It was a miracle that both mother and daughter survived. Most members of the Jewish de Vries family were deported via the Westerbork transit camp directly to Auschwitz or Sobibor, where they were murdered. Helena de Vries, who was pregnant, was...

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08/03/2018 | News Father’s watch runs again after 74 years

In the summer of 2018, Jean-Pierre Lopez was able to wind up his father's watch again, a square timepiece with a silver link band and a white face. “It’s extraordinary,” he wrote to the ITS, “it seems to still work perfectly after 74 years.”

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08/06/2018 | News Her Grandfather’s Watch

Max Wernicke was committed to the Neuengamme concentration camp as a so-called police inmate. After the bombing attacks on Hamburg in the summer of 1943 and new waves of arrests, there was no longer enough space in the city prisons.

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