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03/15/2013 French Archives Nationales to Use Digital Database of the ITS

Archivist Monique Leblois-Péchon from the French National Archives has paid a two-day visit to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen studying the digital database and research methods for individual fates and topics. The French National Archives  that had received a copy...

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03/07/2013 21st Meeting of the Hessian Memorials and Commemorative Initiatives for the Nazi Era in Arolsen

40 representatives of around 35 Hessian Memorials and commemorative initiatives have joined for a one-day meeting in Bad Arolsen in the beginning of March. Invited for the conference by the Hesse Centre for Civic Education (Hessische Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung / HLZ), they had a chance to inform themselves...

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02/26/2013 “Details like that are Important for my Work“

  Robert Kain came to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen late in February 2013 to do research for his dissertation “Otto Weidt. Developing from an anarchist into a ‘Righteous among the Nations’. 1883-1947”. Otto Weidt had tried to protect his Jewish staff from deportation during the era of...

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02/07/2013 Stolpersteine (Stumbling Stones) for Teltow

Their aim to lay ‘stumbling stones’ victims of the Nazi persecution in Teltow has led the two historians, Gabriele Bergner and Jens Leder, to the International Tracing Service (ITS) this week. For the members of an initiative from the German town Teltow this was the second visit to Arolsen. "On our previous trip...

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01/31/2013 Research on Satellite Camp Engerhofe

  Late in January 2013, Lilo and Bernhard Keßler came to research in the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen about prisoners who had perished in Concentration Camp Engerhofe. The sub-commando had had a mere three-month existence. “Our intention is to give back to the victims their...

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01/28/2013 A Reading of "Born in a Concentration Camp" at the ITS

"I will bring you home," said Miriam Rosenthal daily to the baby growing inside her womb. A pregnancy in a concentration camp for Jewish prisoners usually meant a death sentence. But seven women, in the midst of the destruction of life, brought seven children into the world. This unusual story in the book...

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01/16/2013 Foreign Minister Westerwelle and the Minister of State for Culture Neumann acknowledged work of the ITS

On the occasion of a meeting in Berlin of the eleven-nation International Commission, which defines the guidelines for the activities of the International Tracing Service (ITS), Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and the Minister of State for Culture Bernd Neumann have paid tribute to the work of the ITS. “The...

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01/07/2013 Closure of the French Liaison Mission

  The French Liaison Mission at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen has been closed on 1 January 2013 with the entry into force of the international Agreements on the International Tracing Service (ITS) signed in Berlin. Meanwhile these agreements have been ratified by six of the eleven states...

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12/27/2012 Comparative Studies on Finding Aids as Genre – an EHRI Workshop in Bad Arolsen

Between 17 and 21 December 2012 the International Tracing Service hosted a workshop convened within the framework of the Work Package for standards and guidelines of the EU project “European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI)”. Chaired by the renowned Dutch archival scientist Peter Horsman, ten participants from...

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12/20/2012 The Rage to Live - The International D.P. Children's Center Kloster Indersdorf

The historian and educator Anna Andlauer, with the book "The Rage to Live - The International D.P. Children's Center Kloster Indersdorf, 1945-46," presents the story of young Holocaust survivors, who were sheltered in the former Indersdorf monastery in Bavaria at the end of World War II. Research into the...

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