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12/23/2011 “I was named after my uncle who was murdered”

A quest for information on his family´s fate led Reuven Barak, an Israeli, to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen at the end of December. He wanted to know if the ITS possessed documents on his family´s persecution and to see the archive´s holdings firsthand. “My parents were able to escape in time,...

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12/21/2011 “I´ll probably never find out“

Naftali Sappir, an Israeli, and his son Michael visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen in mid-December in search of any trace of his grandparents and their youngest son Bernhard. Sappir thinks that “it´s probably one of those cases which will never be solved.”

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12/20/2011 EHRI project needs researchers for survey

The EHRI project (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure) is looking for researchers would like to take part in a survey. The aim is to find out how Holocaust researchers discover and use information. The survey www.ehri-project.eu/Surveys takes between 10-15 minutes to respond to the 17 questions.

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12/16/2011 Dutch Victims from Tilburg und Goirle

Archivist Gerrit Kobes paid a two-day research visit to the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen in mid-December. “I intend to gather the names of the victims coming from my hometown Goirle and publish and preserve their biographies for the next generations”, said the Dutchman. In...

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12/12/2011 Talk with Researchers at the Centrum Judaicum

On 12 December 2011, Dr Susanne Urban, head of the ITS Research Department, held a lecture at the Centrum Judaicum in Berlin on the potential that the archival material of the International Tracing Service (ITS) offers for researchers. “Since we could not find a date for us to come and see you in Bad Arolsen, we...

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12/09/2011 International Commission has signed new agreements

The eleven member states of the International Commission for the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen signed two new agreements on the future tasks and management of the ITS today at the German Foreign Office in Berlin. “We met to decide a historical restructuring of the ITS”, said Harald Braun, state...

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12/08/2011 Research on DP Camp “Insula”

The US-American John Plume spent a four-day visit at the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) conducting research on Displaced Persons from the "Insula” Camp near Berchtesgaden in the post-war years. “My brother and I wish to retrace and reconstruct as many people’s lives as possible”, Plume...

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12/07/2011 A Question of Ethics

Esther Cuerda Galindo from the University of Madrid spent a week at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen doing research for a study on medical experiments. “So far we have analyzed eyewitness reports. Now I would like to look at the original concentration camp documents,” said Galindo, who...

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12/02/2011 Exhibition Planned on the Deportation of Jewish Children from Rome

Professor Umberto Gentiloni and Stefano Palermo from the University of Rome recently spent several days doing research at the ITS (International Tracing Service) archive for an exhibition they are planning next year in the Italian capital on the deportation of Jewish children from Rome between October 1943 and June...

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11/29/2011 On the Traces of the Death Marches

60 scholars from eight countries met in late November at a 2-day conference at the ITS (International Tracing Service) in Bad Arolsen to discuss the results of their research on the Holocaust death marches. The conference “On the traces of the Death Marches – Crimes, Investigation and Remembrance” focused on documents...

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