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11/09/2009 Branded a Traitor at Home

Moscow researcher Alexej Konopatchenkov spent four days at the International Tracing Service archives examining material on Russian prisoners of the concentration camp Mauthausen. “I was able to get an idea of the scope of the documents,” said the historian.  “There is still only limited interest in the topic in...

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11/04/2009 Turning a Number into a Name

Thomas Irmer conducted research this week for the second time at the International Tracing Service (ITS) on behalf of the memorial foundation of Saxony-Anhalt. He reviewed the prisoner numbers of nearly 1000 victims of the Gardelegen massacre which took place at the end of the Second World War. “I´m turning numbers...

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10/23/2009 Dachau Memorial Site staff gets an overview of documents

Dr. Gabriele Hammermann, Director of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, spent a week with two colleagues at the International Tracing Service (ITS) getting an overview of the collection of documents housed in Bad Arolsen. They focused mainly on the fates of former prisoners and the SS´s written...

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10/09/2009 Database on female prisoners in Mauthausen

Dr. Brigitte Halbmayr and Dr. Helga Amesberger of the Institute for Conflict Research (IKF) in Vienna visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen in early October to do research for their study of former female prisoners at Mauthausen and its satellite concentration camp. They also wanted to...

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10/07/2009 US Consul General Alford appeals for more research

The new US Consul General in Frankfurt am Main, Edward M. Alford, sees the future of the International Tracing Service (ITS) as a research center. “When the last victim passes on, the documents must bear witness to the enormity of the Nazi atrocities,” said the US representative during a visit to the archive, which...

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10/06/2009 Seeking the author of Buchenwald memoirs

It was not the search for a relative but for three notebooks from a great aunt´s estate which led Heinz Bachmann from Switzerland to the ITS (International Tracing Service) in Bad Arolsen. Buchenwald concentration camp survivor Marton Stark had recorded his experiences in the notebooks at the end of 1945. “I was deeply...

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09/23/2009 Koop: “ITS is the Institution to approach for a General Overview“

The well-known journalist and publicist Volker Koop sifted through the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) late in September gathering material for his new book project on the so-called “Sonder- und Ehrenhäftlinge” (special inmates and prisoners of honour) of the concentration camps. The high-ranking...

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09/18/2009 Thesis on the Reconstruction of the architectural history of Neuengamme

Research for his doctoral thesis brought Andreas Ehresmann, Director of the Sandbostel memorial site, to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in mid-September. The subject of his thesis is the reconstruction of the architectural history of Neuengamme concentration camp. “This is the first thesis of its kind”,...

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09/16/2009 Pursuing the Traces of Russian Prisoners of War

It has been eleven years now that the Dutch journalist Remco Reiding for the first time set his foot on the Russian cemetery near former concentration camp Amersfoort, not knowing that he would be under the sway of this place ever since. Reiding retraces the life story of the people buried there undertaking a parallel...

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09/11/2009 Comparative Study on Mauthausen Interviews

Working on a project of the Vienna-based Ludwig Boltzmann institute for Historical Sociology, historian Alexander Prenninger retraced persecution routes at the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) for a week. His pertinent findings will become part of a comparative study on oral memory reports delivered...

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