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05/21/2012 Daughter of Former Director de Cocatrix Welcomed at the ITS

After more than 40 years, Isabelle de Cocatrix Kechavarz longed to come back to Bad Arolsen – the place where she spent many years of her childhood. Her father, Albert de Cocatrix, had been Deputy Director and subsequently Director of the International Tracing Service (ITS) from 1955 to 1977. “He was a very discreet...

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05/16/2012 Workshop of the Bad Arolsen Kaulbach School

In mid-May 2012, 26 pupils from the Bad Arolsen Kaulbach School came to see the International Tracing Service (ITS). Apart from preparing a presentation on the history and present tasks and objectives of the ITS, the pupils formed groups and occupied themselves with the subject of “conceptions of man”. “A three-hour...

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05/11/2012 The EHRI Archival Portal Starts Taking Shape

Between 9th and 11th May 2012, Karsten Kühnel, Archivist and Head of the section Archival Description at the International Tracing Service (ITS), attended a conference of the Work Package Standards and Guidelines of the Archives and Research Portal EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure). EHRI partners met at...

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05/04/2012 The Women of Block 10

In his book “The Women of Block 10”, author and journalist Hans-Joachim Lang gives the victims of medical experiments at the concentration camp Auschwitz a face, focusing on those who suffered rather than on the doctors by seeing events from their perspective. “The Nazi doctors considered women to be guinea pigs,”...

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05/03/2012 EHRI: Oral History as ancillary science

“Truth and Witness mirrored in the variety of the ITS collections” was the title of the talk that René Bienert and Karsten Kühnel from the International Tracing Service (ITS) contributed to the international workshop “Truth and Witness” within the scope of the EU project European Holocaust Research Infrastructure...

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04/23/2012 Research on the Construction of Submarine Bunker “Valentin”

Amateur researcher Heiko Kania has examined lists of prisoners from Concentration Camp Neuengamme at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. “One list was found and saved during salvage work on the wreck of the ship ‘Thielbek’“, knows Kania. “Another list was drawn up by the coast guard in 1950.”...

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04/19/2012 Commemoration on Yom Hashoah

Every year on the 27th Nissan (Jewish calendar) Israel commemorates the six million victims of the Shoah. The Jewish communities in other parts of the world also remember the murdered on this day. In Israel this day is a public anniversary and holiday, initiated by ceremonies in Yad Vashem. At ten o'clock in the...

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04/18/2012 Urban in Sydney

Dr. Susanne Urban, Head of Research at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, took part at the conference “The Holocaust and Legacies of Race in the Postcolonial World” in Sydney and held lectures on the work of the ITS. She also contributed for the exhibition of the Sydney Jewish Museum facsimiles of...

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04/16/2012 Film Premiere of "Kinderblock 66" at Buchenwald Memorial

The sensitive documentary film "Kinderblock 66 - Return to Buchenwald” tells the story of four Jewish children from Block 66 at the concentration camp Buchenwald. They represent the fate of roughly 1,000 Jewish children and youths liberated by the US Army in April 1945. The film was premiered at the memorial last...

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04/11/2012 Early Infant Care in the Third Reich

For eight days Katharina Rowold has examined files from the "Lebensborn e.V." in the archive of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. The historian from London Metropolitan University is working on a book on "Early Infant Care in Nazi Germany". "I could find many relevant...

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