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04/23/2012 Research on the Construction of Submarine Bunker “Valentin”

Amateur researcher Heiko Kania has examined lists of prisoners from Concentration Camp Neuengamme at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. “One list was found and saved during salvage work on the wreck of the ship ‘Thielbek’“, knows Kania. “Another list was drawn up by the coast guard in 1950.”...

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04/19/2012 Commemoration on Yom Hashoah

Every year on the 27th Nissan (Jewish calendar) Israel commemorates the six million victims of the Shoah. The Jewish communities in other parts of the world also remember the murdered on this day. In Israel this day is a public anniversary and holiday, initiated by ceremonies in Yad Vashem. At ten o'clock in the...

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04/18/2012 Urban in Sydney

Dr. Susanne Urban, Head of Research at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, took part at the conference “The Holocaust and Legacies of Race in the Postcolonial World” in Sydney and held lectures on the work of the ITS. She also contributed for the exhibition of the Sydney Jewish Museum facsimiles of...

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04/16/2012 Film Premiere of "Kinderblock 66" at Buchenwald Memorial

The sensitive documentary film "Kinderblock 66 - Return to Buchenwald” tells the story of four Jewish children from Block 66 at the concentration camp Buchenwald. They represent the fate of roughly 1,000 Jewish children and youths liberated by the US Army in April 1945. The film was premiered at the memorial last...

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04/11/2012 Early Infant Care in the Third Reich

For eight days Katharina Rowold has examined files from the "Lebensborn e.V." in the archive of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. The historian from London Metropolitan University is working on a book on "Early Infant Care in Nazi Germany". "I could find many relevant...

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04/05/2012 ITS Representatives had Talks in the Baltic States

Between 26th March and 4th April 2012, Djordje Drndarski, Deputy Director of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, and ITS Historian René Bienert had talks in the Baltic States Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. They met representatives of 15 institutions, among them National Red Cross Societies, foreign...

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03/23/2012 Ukrainian Consul Visits ITS

Volodymyr Kahrchenko, Consul from the Consulate General of the Ukraine in Frankfurt/Main, has paid visit to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen today intending to see documents on the tragedy in Babi Yar. “The Foreign Ministry in Kiev plans to show an exhibition to mark the anniversary of the...

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03/16/2012 Humanity and ideologies between National Socialism and right-wing extremism

The International Tracing Service (ITS) and Project Red Line offered a workshop on 14-15 March 2012 entitled Decisions: Humanity and ideologies between National Socialism and right-wing extremism.  “Our aim was to bring the two topics of National Socialism and right-wing extremism together and see them from...

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03/12/2012 Early Reports and Survivors’ Texts

The International Tracing Service (ITS) along with the Center for Holocaust Literature in the University of Giessen held a three-day seminar last week about eyewitness accounts held in the ITS archives. Ten students, three historians, and seven literature scholars dealt with early reports and survivors’ texts of the...

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03/12/2012 New Findings on the Black Powder Plant in Liebenau

Researcher Martin Guse has analysed documents on the former black powder plant in Liebenau at the International Tracing Service (ITS). By order of the superior army commanders, the Liebenau plant produced, as of 1941, far more than 40,000 tons of black powder and rocket propellants. Over 2,000 out of the more than...

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