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10/17/2008 “One of the finest examples of contemporary legal history“

21 doctoral candidates from the Frankfurt am Main-based Max Planck Institute for European Legal History had a one-day look around the archive of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen today. They wanted to familiarize themselves with the progress ITS has made since opening for research last November....

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10/17/2008 Research for Stumbling Stone Project

Maike Grünwaldt and Christa Fladhammer spent a week at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen researching about 230 names for the Hamburg project “Stumbling Stones.” “We wanted to see what additional information we could find at the ITS,” said both volunteer researchers. Begun in 1995, the nationwide...

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10/07/2008 A look behind the scenes

26 members of Kassel´s German-Israeli Society (DIG) visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive in Bad Arolsen yesterday. They were “deeply impressed” by the documents of persecution during National Socialism which are stored at the ITS. DIG Chair Manfred Oelsen is convinced that “the German-Israeli Society...

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10/07/2008 Visit from Scandinavian Red Cross

Red Cross Tracing Service representatives from Norway, Finland and Denmark were able to get an insight yesterday into the ITS (International Tracing Service) in Bad Arolsen. They toured the archive and met colleagues from the humanitarian requests section. ”It´s always nicer to be able to put a name to a face,” said...

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09/30/2008 Reunited After Six Decades

The two cousins Maja Telegina and Katharina Lapuchin were separated for over 63 years. The post-war confusion had torn them apart in 1945. Yet over the years, they had never given up the hope of seeing one another again. The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen has now been able to reunite the family. “I...

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09/26/2008 Around 10,000 Names Still Unclarified

Johannes Ibel, a research associate from the Flossenbürg concentration camp memorial site, had two goals for his one-week visit to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen in late September: to research material from the post-war period and compile a copy of digital data pertaining to the Flossenbürg...

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09/05/2008 “The ITS archive belongs to Arolsen”

Members of the working committee for communal issues on the Waldeck economy (AFK) visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen yesterday evening.  Reto Meister, director of ITS, and Udo Jost, head of ITS’s archive division, presented the work and goals of ITS to the group, and gave a tour of the...

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08/18/2008 Research Project on Medical Experiments

Medical experiments carried out on human beings during the National Socialist era constitute the area of research of historian Anna von Villiez, guiding her to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen for one week in mid-August. “The ITS is an important, if not the principal source of my present research...

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08/06/2008 The Children Should Know What Happened

Salomon Hauser is currently working on a commemoration book for the members of the Zionist youth movement B’nei Akiva, who had all lived in Antwerp prior to the invasion of German troops in 1940. The Israeli visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen for three days in early August to pursue his...

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07/21/2008 Squashing the Rumours Surrounding Lebensborn

There are many rumours and myths circulating about the SS-founded association “Lebensborn”, says the Canadian historian Annette Timm. She now wants to squelch these legends with her new book. Timm came to Bad Arolsen in mid-July for a week of research into the extensive collection of Lebensborn documents archived at...

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