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10/19/2012 "They never talked of giving up"

In a touching manner, Inge Geiler read to some 50 listeners at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen from her book "A shadow of our days - The history of the Family Grünbaum." During renovation work in her home, the author had found a bundle of papers in a wall panel behind the radiator of...

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10/18/2012 Book Publication on the Deportation of Jewish Children from Rome

The recent book published by University of Rome professors Umberto Gentiloni und Stefano Palermo, “16 October 1943. Li hanno portati via”, details the deportation of Jewish children from Rome and was introduced at a memorial service commemorating the 69th anniversary of the beginning of the deportations of Rome´s Jews.

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10/16/2012 Visit from Archivists of Thuringia’s Main State Archives

24 archivists from Thuringia’s Main State Archives took advantage of a one-day excursion to Bad Arolsen to obtain information on the documentation kept at the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS). They were interested in the records’ preservation, digitisation and description as well as in their use for...

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10/04/2012 Research on the Former Police Prison Klapperfeld

Mirja Keller of the University of Frankfurt/Main brought two themes to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen for research: Jewish self-help and the fate of the prisoners from the former police prison Klapperfeld in Frankfurt/Main, during the Nazi era. “Thanks to the digitization, the archives of the...

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09/10/2012 Effects’ Handover at Amersfoort

On 8 September 2012, staff of the International Tracing Service (ITS) could return the personal belongings of former prisoners from the concentration camp Neuengamme to eleven Dutch families at the Amersfoort Memorial. “It’s a pity I do not remember my father”, said Wilhelmina van Beek-Dijkhuizen who received letters...

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09/09/2012 Memory Event on Deportations from Kassel

About 140 guests attended a memory event held at the Volkmarsen “Nordhessen” hall on 9 September 2012 to mark the 70th anniversary of the third deportation of Jews from the Kassel district. “There are no words to express the suffering the people went through, but we can pay our respect to the victims“, stated Ernst...

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09/06/2012 Pupils Learn How to Work Academically at the ITS Archives

Early in September 2012, six pupils of the Münster Annette-von-Droste-Hülshoff College came to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen to investigate the subject “Individuals and Individual Rights in the Lublin Area”. They cast light on diverse aspects of the Germanization and Aryanization, the...

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08/29/2012 Rescued from Lake Toplitz

Holocaust survivor Felix Cytrin was one of the prisoners who were employed by the Nazis in the largest counterfeiting operation during the Second World War: Operation Bernhard in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Jewish prisoners were forced to forge foreign currency in the billions. The operation was designed to...

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08/23/2012 ITS seeking objects for exhibition on fates of Displaced Persons

The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen is planning a travelling exhibition entitled “Life in transit - trauma and new beginnings. Survivors of Nazi persecution.” Items from displaced persons´ lives are being sought, such as photographs, report cards, voting papers, newspapers, posters, certificates or...

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08/20/2012 40 French Citizens paid Visit to the ITS

Picking up the trail of his granduncle Joseph who had disappeared without a trace in 1945, Laurent Guillet and his companions, a forty-person team, had a short stop also at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. The institution’s French Liaison Mission had contributed to the book he titled “Il...

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