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01/23/2012 Museum Historicum20 Opened

Thanks to the association Historicum20, the former staff premises of the barracks in Bad Arolsen could be turned into a museum that was opened last Saturday. The museum shows the varied history of the barracks from 1867 to 1994, from the Kaiserreich (German Empire) to the withdrawal of the Belgian Nato troops. The...

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01/12/2012 Oberhausen under National Socialism

Oberhausen under National Socialism is the investigations’ subject of Clemens Heinrichs, manager of the memory hall in the town of Oberhausen. Paying visit to the International Tracing Service (ITS) early in January 2012, he looked through plenty of documents kept in the archives on individual citizens’ fates. “Time...

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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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