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02/15/2010 Research for the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism

On behalf of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism, historian Dr Susanne Meinl spent the last weeks at the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen pursuing research. “In a first step, I am examining the hefty documentation selecting out the segments of...

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02/10/2010 Researching Ohrdruf Forced Labour Camp

Hobby researcher Klaus-Peter Schambach spent three days at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen examining documents on the Ohrdruf prison camp. Schambach´s research looked into how the camp was built, if it can be considered an independent and third concentration camp in Thuringia and existing...

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02/05/2010 The Auschwitz “Death Marches”

Early in February, US historian Marc Masurovsky paid a two-day visit to the archive of the International Tracing Service (ITS) with a view to examining its holdings on death marches. “I just wanted to gain a rough idea on the type of documents available and the value they might have for my research work“, said...

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02/02/2010 Searching for Eye Witnesses of DP Camps in the French Zone

Her intention to write a dissertation on displaced persons in the French-occupied zone in post-war Germany has led Julia Maspero to the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS). “I attempt to find out from where the DPs originally had come, what they had gone through during the war, how they got along in the...

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01/19/2010 Exchange of Information with Memorial Centre Concentration Camp Moringen

On behalf of Memorial Centre Concentration Camp Moringen Julia Braun and Stefan Wilbricht are searching through more than 3500 names in the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. “Thanks to the archive’s opening, it has become possible for us to compare the data kept in Moringen with those...

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01/08/2010 History acquired based on biographies

Christoph Schwarz spent two days at the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive in Bad Arolsen researching the fates of 60 Polish children.  The educator from Freiburg is using their life stories as material for his history lessons. “I would like my students to learn about National Socialism using a different...

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12/11/2009 Excursion of the German Red Cross (DRK)

The Berlin-based department for international cooperation with the General Secretariat of the German Red Cross (DRK) held its annual team meeting at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen this week. Apart from discussing their field of work, the 20 participants formed an idea of ITS functions and...

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12/02/2009 "Time does not heal all wounds"

Natan Kellerman, project development director and clinical psychologist at Amcha, gave a talk on December 1 at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen on the psychological effects of the Holocaust. Amcha offers Holocaust survivors and their families psychosocial support as a national Israeli center. “It...

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11/26/2009 | News Kershaw sees Research Potential

Realizing his book project on the war end in Germany, the well-known historian, Professor Ian Kershaw, has spent three days at the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS). He informed himself about its holdings and paid special attention to the voluminous collection of documents on death marches. “A...

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11/25/2009 “I´m happy to be alive”

Rudolf Brazda went through three years of hell at the Buchenwald concentration camp. He survived. Today the 96-year-old is the last known former victim of Nazi persecution of gays. “I´m not complaining. I´m thankful to be alive and healthy,” said the senior with a smile.

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