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08/09/2012 Searching for clues, returning personal effects

“As long as I find people I will continue to do this,” says Kitty Brom from Hummelo, the Netherlands. The hobby genealogist helps locate relatives of former concentration camp inmates so that the International Tracing Service (ITS) can return their personal effects. The ITS archive still contains nearly 2,900 personal...

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08/08/2012 “When a name disappears, only then does the man disappear.”

Vladimir Kukin, director of the Office of Maintenance of War Graves and Commemoration Work in the embassy of the Russian Federation in Berlin, spent two days at the International Tracing Service (ITS / International Tracing Service) in Bad Arolsen to get an overview of the archival records, the request handling, and...

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08/06/2012 “The archive is a treasure trove”

Pava Raibstein, Director of the Youth Aliyah Committee in Frankfurt, recently visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen to explore the possibility of a collaboration. Her visit was twofold: she was also interested in discovering details about her father´s fate. “I know the basics about my father´s...

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07/30/2012 A Study of Polish DP Immigration to Argentina

For several days, Claudia Stefanetti Kozrowicz of the University of Buenos Aires researched in the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) the subject of Polish Displaced Persons (DPs) who immigrated to Argentina after the Second World War. "We are aware of the two groups -- of the former Nazis and of...

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07/18/2012 IRO brochure

In 24 pages, The Facts About Refugees describes the situation of displaced persons three years after liberation. The booklet deals with issues like supply problems as well as administering and funding of DP camps; graphics and photos supplement the texts.

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07/16/2012 Research on the Physical Impact of Concentration Camp Detention on Prisoners

The US-American researcher Alicia Wolf has researched at the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen for her master’s degree at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. The subject of her thesis is the physical impact that the incarceration in concentration camps had on survivors. “The...

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07/12/2012 Krefeld under National Socialism

Ingrid Schupetta, Head of the Nazi Documentation Center in Krefeld, has passed four days of intensive research at the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen for a renewal of the 20-year-old exhibition of the center. “I have been looking at the documents in the ITS database from various...

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07/04/2012 Raising Awareness of the ITS in the Ukraine

Early in July 2012 Victor Voronin from the State Archives Service of the Ukraine and Yaroslav Zhilkin from the Ukrainian State Commission on perpetuating memory of victims of war and political repression visited the archive of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. The two top officials came to inform...

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06/21/2012 The Exhibition "Legalized Robbery" is coming to Wolfhagen

"Since my son is extremely gifted, as his teacher confirmed, I beg you to let me have the piano that the evacuated Jews left." With this request, an Offenbach citizen approached his tax office in 1942. At that time, the tax office was already involved with the "recovery" of property of the deportees...

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06/18/2012 Project on Displaced Persons in Middle Hesse

The cooperation agreed between the International Tracing Service (ITS) and Gießen University brought another group of students of the University’s History Faculty to Bad Arolsen on 15 June 2012 where they pursued research in the ITS archives. Their group included four students taking part in a project of the European...

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