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12/13/2017 | News An important part of Europe's written heritage

Since 2011, Roland Jahn has been the Federal Commissioner for Records of the State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic (BStU). Digitisation, access to records, support for scientific projects and educational offers: many of the BStU's tasks are also assigned to the International Tracing Service...

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12/11/2017 | News A great service to research on this era

British historian Sir Ian Kershaw, a distinguished expert on 20th-century German history, conducted research at the ITS in 2009 for his book “The end: Hitler’s Germany, 1944–45". At the time, he said: "I was aware of the existence of the Tracing Service, however, the ITS had never been an archive in this sense, nor had...

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12/08/2017 | News „Finally in the minds of the local population“

In January 1946, the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) Central Tracing Bureau moved to Arolsen in North Hesse. Two years later, it was given its current name "International Tracing Service" (ITS). The opening of the archive ten years ago also had an impact on the town and its citizens.

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12/04/2017 | News „At first everything was improvised“

Who were the first visitors and how did the ITS organize the change? Nicole Dominicus is now head of the archival management department. At the opening of the archives in 2007, she was responsible for enquiries and visitor support. She relates about the time after the opening and how difficult historical research was...

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12/01/2017 | News „Nothing from the time before and during the Shoah“

In March 1998, René Manu contacted the International Tracing Service (ITS) requesting access to the documents on his father's persecution. Daniel Manu and his family had been deported from Thessaloniki to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp by the National Socialists – he was the only family member...

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11/29/2017 | News Strong arguments for opening the archive

Aharon Leshno-Yaar was chairman of the International Commission, the ITS's supreme governing body, in 2004 and 2014. He accompanied the International Tracing Service (ITS) during the exciting phase of archive opening. As of 2016, Aharon Leshno-Yaar has been Ambassador of Israel to the European Union and NATO.

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11/28/2017 | News 10th Anniversary of the Archive Opening

On November 28th 2007, the International Tracing Service (ITS) finally reopened its archive to researchers and visitors which had been closed to the general public for almost 25 years. The opening was the result of international protests coming from academia, politics and those persecuted by the Nazis who demanded...

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11/27/2017 | News Maps of burial sites online

Today, the International Tracing Service (ITS) published around 15,000 further documents from the "Death Marches" collection in its online archive. Cemetery plans as well as maps of and references to burial places have been added.

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11/20/2017 | News One life before the camp, another one after

“My father Hendrik didn‘t start talking about his imprisonment in Germany until after he retired. From that point on, he talked about it a lot.” When Aart Quak visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) with his son Dick in November 2017, he had various documents and photos with him.

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11/20/2017 | News Deported after Gestapo raid

Following a raid in the summer of 1944, the German security police deported Pierre Joseph Marie Louis Margerit first to the Compiègne prison and then to the Neuengamme concentration camp. There the notary was assigned to forced labor in the construction of submarine pens. He died in the Sandbostel camp in 1945, shortly...

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