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12/12/2008 US Envoys at ITS

Christian Kennedy, Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues at the U.S. Department of State and member of the International Commission, and Doria Rosen, Deputy Principal Officer at the United States Consulate General in Frankfurt, visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) to get an update on current progress. The...

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12/12/2008 Ordeal of fear, confinement and whispering

Willy Zalmon is a Holocaust survivor. Along with his parents and uncle, he had to spend two years hiding in a hole in the ground on a farm, which is how at least part of his Jewish-Polish family managed to escape their Nazis persecutors. “For many years I was unable to talk about my ordeal because the memories were...

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12/11/2008 First group of Israeli genealogists did research at the archive

Nine genealogists from Israel have spent the week doing research in the International Tracing Service´s (ITS) archives. It was the first larger group from the Jewish nation since the archive opened a year ago. “The ITS is a springboard for researchers which provides countless ideas for further research,” said...

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12/05/2008 Insight into ITS´s work

Rolf Ulrich, Germany´s new representative for the Federal Foreign Office in the International Commission, spent yesterday learning about the current status at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. The commission, which in addition to Germany comprises ten other member-states, governs the ITS´s work....

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12/04/2008 Publication on sub-concentration camp Barth

Historian Natalja Jeske spent two days gathering information at the International Tracing Service (ITS) for the “Friends of Barth Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Documentation Center” association. She plans to analyze the data in a new publication on the sub-concentration camp Barth to be published in the autumn...

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12/01/2008 “Paradise for Historians“

40 history students from Georg-August University in Goettingen visited the ITS (International Tracing Service) archive on December 1, 2008, as part of a seminar series entitled “Functional transformation in the concentration camp system.” “The ITS is a paradise for historians which is not far from Goettingen. It was...

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11/27/2008 PhD on Deportations from Denmark

Birgit Müller spent a week at the ITS (International Tracing Service) researching the persecution fate of over 6000 deported Danes for her PhD on the topic “Denmark under German Occupation. Danish Deportees in Nazi Concentration Camps”. Müller was pleased: “I was able to find important additional information on the...

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11/24/2008 ITS staff visited Buchenwald Memorial Site

Last Thursday 33 members of the ITS (International Tracing Service) staff visited a place of horror whose documents they analyze on a daily basis. Staff members took a guided tour of the Buchenwald Memorial site, visited the exhibition and learned about the foundation´s new projects. “It is a singular experience to be...

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11/10/2008 Witness´s visit to the ITS

Professor Feliks Tych is a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto and a historian and former director of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw.  During his 5-day stay in Germany he visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. “I am very impressed by how the ITS is organized and how it works,” said...

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11/06/2008 Information about the Emsland camps

Oldenburg historian Dr. Hans-Peter Klausch spent four days doing research at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen on behalf of the Document and Information Center (DIZ) in Papenburg, Germany. Klausch was pleased. “I found quite a few records which are not available at the DIZ. They are important...

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