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11/25/2009 Clarification and Commemoration as a Task

On his journey leading him to places where he can investigate the fate of homosexuals deported from France, Jean-Luc Schwab made a stop at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. He wanted to inform himself about the type of documents kept here and leafed through the files of various victims. “It is...

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11/25/2009 Study Excursion of Archival School Marburg

As integral part of their studies, 45 future archivists at the Marburg-based Archival School have taken part in a guided tour through the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen today. The students took advantage of the two-hours round to gain a survey of the diversity of the documents.

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11/20/2009 Dissertation on Concentration Camp Riga-Kaiserwald

Preparing her dissertation, Franziska Jahn has been looking through files and records at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen for a week. The historian supported by the Berlin Centre for Research on Anti-Semitism builds her paper on her previous finals’ thesis “Concentration Camp Kaiserwald in Riga....

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11/19/2009 Research on Buchenwald Prisoner Infirmary

Jena student Ralf Leipold visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive in Bad Arolsen to examine documents on the history of the prisoner infirmary at Buchenwald concentration camp.  His findings will contribute to the expansion of the educational offerings of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorial...

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11/13/2009 On the Loss of Identity

A report broadcast on the American TV network CBS compelled Canadian author Deborah Schnitzer to visit the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. She wanted to learn how the archive works firsthand and see documents on her husband´s family. “I´m interested in how the archive has changed since it opened its...

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11/09/2009 Branded a Traitor at Home

Moscow researcher Alexej Konopatchenkov spent four days at the International Tracing Service archives examining material on Russian prisoners of the concentration camp Mauthausen. “I was able to get an idea of the scope of the documents,” said the historian.  “There is still only limited interest in the topic in...

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11/04/2009 Turning a Number into a Name

Thomas Irmer conducted research this week for the second time at the International Tracing Service (ITS) on behalf of the memorial foundation of Saxony-Anhalt. He reviewed the prisoner numbers of nearly 1000 victims of the Gardelegen massacre which took place at the end of the Second World War. “I´m turning numbers...

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10/23/2009 Dachau Memorial Site staff gets an overview of documents

Dr. Gabriele Hammermann, Director of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, spent a week with two colleagues at the International Tracing Service (ITS) getting an overview of the collection of documents housed in Bad Arolsen. They focused mainly on the fates of former prisoners and the SS´s written...

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10/09/2009 Database on female prisoners in Mauthausen

Dr. Brigitte Halbmayr and Dr. Helga Amesberger of the Institute for Conflict Research (IKF) in Vienna visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen in early October to do research for their study of former female prisoners at Mauthausen and its satellite concentration camp. They also wanted to...

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10/07/2009 US Consul General Alford appeals for more research

The new US Consul General in Frankfurt am Main, Edward M. Alford, sees the future of the International Tracing Service (ITS) as a research center. “When the last victim passes on, the documents must bear witness to the enormity of the Nazi atrocities,” said the US representative during a visit to the archive, which...

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