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07/25/2013 Research on Forced Labourers in Bavaria

Angelika Laumer has researched in the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS). for her dissertation “Forced Labour under Nazi reign in rural Bavaria – Intergenerational Ways of Remembering a Crime”. She sifted in the “OuS Archive” database through list material on the rural districts of Bogen and Kötzting....

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07/18/2013 “I want to know what has become of the people"

Gustav Gangnus spent a week in the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) researching the family names Gangnus, Hasenfuss, and Lutz. "I have mainly private motives for my research," says the 75-year-old. "I was born in Riga, where my ancestors were members of the colony Hirschenhof in...

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07/09/2013 50 visits to the ITS

This week, Christian Alexander Waldner visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen for the fiftieth time. "I have already researched for several projects in the ITS archives," says the historian. "Currently, I’m planning a multi media table for an exhibition at the Memorial Ahlem that...

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07/05/2013 Exhibition about Death Marches: In the Max Mannheimer Study Center

The traveling exhibition "The Death Marches in the Documents of the International Tracing Service," will be on display in the Max Mannheimer Study Center in Dachau until 27 October 2013. Nina Ritz, director of the Center, and Dr. Susanne Urban, Head of Research and Education at the ITS, introduced the...

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07/01/2013 A reading from the book "Das Glück kam immer zu mir" (Happiness always came to me)

“I had great respect for him before we met,” said author Alexander Zinn at a book reading of his new book “Das Glück kam immer zu mir / Rudolf Brazda – A Homosexual´s Survival in the Third Reich”. The event took place on 28 June 2013 at the Media Project Center Open Channel at the KulturBahnhof in Kassel. Zinn met...

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06/24/2013 Exchange with the Wiener Library

Christine Schmidt of the Wiener Library in London came to the International Tracing Service for a week in mid-June to become familiar with the collections of documents and handling inquiries from survivors, family members, and researchers. The Wiener Library possesses a digital copy of the ITS archives, which Schmidt...

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06/19/2013 Development of Synthetic Leather for Army Boots

Hubert Eiccheim has been researching for his book “End Moraine – Memories of a Homeland 1938-1949” at the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen. For two days he has looked at the material about his hometown of Türkheim in Bavaria that is kept in the ITS archives. “It is especially about the Salamander shoe...

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06/04/2013 Advanced training program for educators

An advanced training program for educators and church representativesof the Christian-Jewish Conversation of the Evangelical Church in Rhineland took place on the 3rd of June, 2013 at the InternationalTracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. The subject of the event was "Deportations: Deported, stakeholders,...

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05/31/2013 "Importance of geography is growing in Holocaust research"

At the end of May, 18 researchers from seven countries attended a three-day workshop on “Geography and Holocaust Research” hosted by the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. They examined various places of persecution, the evolution of the ghettos and camps, as well as a substantial number of relevant...

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05/24/2013 Massacre in Offenburg on 12 April 1945

Volker Ilgen has spent one-week researching at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen on behalf of the town archives of Offenburg. He traced back 40 biographies in the archives searching information on their persecution. “In March/April 1945, more than 600 prisoners were abused to defuse bombs and...

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