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10/31/2016 | News Commission meets in Bad Arolsen

The International Commission for the International Tracing Service (IC/ITS) convened for a two-day meeting in Bad Arolsen to discuss the goals of the ITS until the year 2020. The discussion particularly focused on improving access to the documents in the ITS archive.

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10/24/2016 | News “I found much more than I expected”

In order to trace the fates of former prisoners for an exhibition planned at the Brandenburg-Görden Prison Memorial, historian Uta Fröhlich researched names and life stories at the ITS.

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10/18/2016 | News Labelled and murdered as a “professional criminal”

“My mother told me that my grandfather had died in a concentration camp when she turned forty.” The thought of his grandfather’s fate stuck in Uwe Schmeichel’s mind and he began researching it.

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10/17/2016 | News In memory of Eugene Black

Holocaust survivor Eugene Black died on September 26, 2016, in Leeds, West Yorkshire, at the age of 88. Through his work for the Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association and visits to Bad Arolsen, a close bond was forged between Eugene Black and the International Tracing Service (ITS) team.

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10/14/2016 | News “We have the lists, you the stories”

Sixteen members of the Lagergemeinschaft Ravensbrück / Freundeskreis (Ravensbrück Camp Community / Circle of Friends) visited the ITS on September 30, 2016. This first visit culminated in the presentation of document copies to the descendants of concentration camp inmates, the viewing of original documents, and a tour...

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10/11/2016 | News “Mixed Emotions”

He bears the same name as his uncle who was detained in a concentration camp by the Nazis in 1944. Now, Marcel Uytdenhoef was able to collect the personal belongings confiscated from his uncle when he was detained. “We had no idea these effects existed,” the Belgian said, who, on September 27th 2016, came to the...

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10/07/2016 | News “Maybe somebody knows something about him”

From 1943 until 1945 Cornelis de Zeeuw had to do forced labor in the Harz region for the Nazi Regime. His family regrets never asking him specifically about the two years he spent as a forced laborer. Now, a few years after Cornelis de Zeeuw’s death, his grandson has started the search for more information.

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10/04/2016 | News “For my mother”

His family only had a single photo of Prosper de Rijcke, who died on November 30, 1944, in a satellite camp of the Neuengamme concentration camp. But now they also have a pocket watch – a personal effect that had been taken from the Belgian man when he was arrested a few months before his death. “It’s unbelievable,...

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09/28/2016 | News “My family was badly damaged”

Over a period of four years, the filmmaker Carmen Eckhardt of Cologne researched the circumstances surrounding, and reasons for, the execution of her great-grandfather Viktor Kunz by the Nazis. She documented his biography, her own search, and her sometimes very difficult dealings with German institutions in the film...

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09/24/2016 | News Max Mannheimer dies at 96

The Holocaust survivor Max Mannheimer died last Friday at the age of 96. Mannheimer tirelessly reminded his contemporaries of the crimes committed during the Nazi period and engaged in an ongoing struggle against oblivion. He had survived the Terezín ghetto and the Auschwitz, Warsaw and Dachau concentration camps. The...

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