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09/25/2013 Memorial Book on Burial Places of Soviet Citizens in Bavaria

Compiling a memorial book on burial places of Soviet citizens in Bavaria, Lars Thiele from the Dresden Documentation Office paid a visit to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen this week. He scrutinized the reports Bavarian communities had produced on the burial places of non-Germans in the post-war...

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09/06/2013 Research on sub-camp Kochendorf

The journalist and political scientist Klaus Riexinger from the Miklos Klein Foundation in Bad Friedrichshall spent three days at the International Tracing Service (ITS) searching for information on Kochendorf, a sub-camp of concentration camp Natzweiler-Struthof. “My visit has permitted me to fully document four other...

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08/23/2013 Research about the repatriation of former Soviet forced laborers

Historian Ulrike Goeken-Haidl has visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen for the first time. In 2002, she finished her dissertation about "The Way Back: The Repatriation of Soviet Forced Laborers during and after the Second World War”, at the University of Freiburg. Her book of that title...

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08/22/2013 Visit by the “Friedrich Naumann” Foundation

A field excursion led members of the “Friedrich Naumann” foundation from Wiesbaden to Bad Arolsen on 21 August, where they took part in a seminar with the title “Looking for Traces and Coping with the Past in Germany” at the ITS. More than 30 interested participants from Wetzlar and Frankfurt paid their first visit to...

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08/19/2013 “Culture Day” of Predicants at the ITS

On August 17th, 48 predicants of the Evangelical Church of Hesse-Waldeck spent their culture day at the International Tracing Service. They got together in order to get a glimpse of the history, tasks and goals of the ITS. Subsequently in a workshop titled ‘Persecuted and a Believer’ the participants had the...

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08/08/2013 Social Democrats visit the ITS

A delegation of representatives from the Social Democratic Party (SPD) has paid visit to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. The Social Democrats informed themselves of the ITS archival collections, its budget situation, personnel requirements and latest developments in the department for education...

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07/31/2013 US Deputy Consul General Phillips pleads that Students engage in Research Projects at the ITS

Charisse M. Phillips, Deputy Consul General of the United States in Frankfurt/Main, paid a visit to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen late in July 2013. During her stay, she took a lively interest in the development of the ITS into an international centre for documentation, information and...

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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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