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06/26/2009 Son of former ITS director Hugh Elbot looks back

The International Tracing Service (ITS) was able to welcome a very special guest to Bad Arolsen this past Friday. The son of former ITS Director Hugh Elbot came all the way from Denver with his wife Barbara to rediscover the traces of his childhood. Charles Elbot was just four years old when his father took over the...

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06/19/2009 Research on the First Transport from Düsseldorf to Lodz

Angela Genger, Head of the Düsseldorf memorial centre, has been studying the first deportation transport leaving Düsseldorf for the destination of Lodz on 27 October 1941 on her visit to the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) at Bad Arolsen. In close cooperation with her colleagues, the historian has...

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06/18/2009 Insight into Restoration and Conservation

For three days, Director Armida Batori, archivist Cecilia Prosperi and restorer Claudia Pappalardo from the Rome Institute for the Conservation of Archives (Istituto Centrale per il Restauro e la Conservazione del Patrimonio Archivistico e librario) have been staying at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad...

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06/16/2009 Final Certainty on his father’s fate

Decades after the actual event, Otto Romberg, Holocaust survivor and editor of the journal “TRIBÜNE”, for the first time has come to know for certain the place where his father was murdered by the Nazis. Documents kept in the archive of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen testify to the fact that his...

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06/03/2009 Investigating forced labor in Frankenhausen

Three agricultural science and sociology students from the University of Kassel and historian Jochen Ebert visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen at the beginning of June because of a project seminar. Their research focused on forced labor in the Hessian State Domain Frankenhausen during the...

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05/29/2009 The forgotten authors of the Lodz Ghetto

Seeking for Jewish writers and journalists who had been interned in the Lodz Ghetto, historian Uta Fröhlich for some days read and probed the files and documents kept in the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS). The information she gathers is for the benefit of the research project “Writing under the...

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05/20/2009 Unsuccessful SS „Re-education“

Norwegian Karl Sondenaa spent a day at the International Tracing Service (ITS) at the end of May viewing original documents on his father´s imprisonment at the Buchenwald concentration camp. “It is incredible which details the Nazis registered,” he said.

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05/14/2009 Research on the Fate of Austrian Sinti and Roma

Professor Rudolf Sarközi and Gerhard Baumgartner of the Cultural Association of Austrian Roma visited the International Tracing Service in mid-May and viewed documents on the fate of Austrian Sinti and Roma. “We wanted an overview of the specific information we could find here,” said both representatives.

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05/07/2009 “I always felt a little lost”

Julius Edmundson could have gradually started thinking about a quiet life after retiring in his early 60s. But the prospect of more time and quiet awakened his long-held desire to learn more about his heritage. Edmundson traveled to Europe with his daughter Lara seeking clues to his past. “I always felt a little...

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05/05/2009 Searching for lists of graves at Trutzhain POW camp

Waltraud Burger spent two days at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen doing research to reconstruct names on rows of gravestones in cemeteries at the former POW camp in Ziegenhain, today known as Trutzhain. “It is important to clarify where the POWs are buried. The relatives need a place to mourn,”...

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