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06/06/2018 | News In Commemoration of Bernd Joachim Zimmer (1944–2018)

The historian Dr. Bernd Joachim Zimmer of Bad Arolsen, who had close ties to the International Tracing Service (ITS) through his research, died in May 2018. The studied math and physics teacher had set himself the task of investigating the history of the city of Bad Arolsen in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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05/15/2018 | News Tracing the owner of a signet ring

Malgorzata Przybyla, an employee at the International Tracing Service (ITS), recently returned the personal possessions of a former concentration camp prisoner to his relatives in Poland. The objects included a signet ring. It played a special role in the search for this family.

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05/09/2018 | News Permanent Exhibition: Initial Insights

With a team of experienced curators at their side, Isabel Panek, Henning Borggräfe and Christian Höschler are presently preparing the first permanent exhibition on the ITS past and present, scheduled to open in 2019. In the interview, they explain what the show’s main focusses will be and what challenges they face.

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05/07/2018 | News Survivor visits ITS

Gershon Willinger was born in Amsterdam on 24 September 1942. His parents had fled Germany. But after the occupation of the Netherlands by Nazi Germany, the persecution of the Jews also started there. Guido and Edith Helene Willinger were among the more than 100,000 Jews deported from the occupied Netherlands to the...

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05/04/2018 | News The Search Took Nearly a Year

An important package is presently on its way to Poland. It contains a wristwatch and a necklace with a crucifix pendant—two items once belonging to Bolesław Hermanowicz.

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05/01/2018 | News Call for Application: ITS Research Seminar

Members of Historical, Educational and Remembrance Initiatives are invited to apply for a three-day research seminar by May 1, 2018. The seminar will take place at the ITS in Bad Arolsen, June 25 – 27, 2018. It is hosted by the ITS and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the...

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04/17/2018 | News Mementoes of a Partisan

A wallet containing photos, an armband and an inmate’s tag with the number 38870 from the Royallieu internment and transit camp near Compiègne: those are the personal belongings her father Victor had to relinquish when the Nazis deported him in 1944.

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04/13/2018 | News “My father was already dead when he was still alive”

Werner Hansch is a legend among sports commentators and known as the “voice of the Ruhr Valley.” He has a special connection to the International Tracing Service (ITS). In 2014, he learned by chance that the ITS archive might have information about his father’s persecution in its holdings.

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04/01/2018 | News Call for Papers: International Conference

In the autumn of 1948, search bureaus of various European states accepted an invitation from the recently established International Tracing Service (ITS) and came together, for the first time, in Arolsen, North Hesse, Germany. On the occasion of the anniversary of this event, the ITS will host an international academic...

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03/29/2018 | News ITS Library Catalogue now online

The library catalog of the International Tracing Service (ITS) is now available in a new online version. Researchers and visitors can get information in advance about the library's holdings and better prepare their research stays at the ITS. The catalogue was so far only available on site.

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