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10/21/2011 Preparatory Research for Exhibition and Memory Concept

Marc Bartuschka, representative of the committee for culture at the Jena town council and the rural district authorities of Saalfeld-Rudolstadt, paid a one-week visit to Bad Arolsen researching the archival holdings of the International Tracing Service (ITS). The historian looked through the documents to prepare a...

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10/13/2011 Remembering the Granduncle

“Whatever is not put down on paper is lost”, thinks Laurent Guillet. That is why the Frenchman has narrated the story of his granduncle, who went missing in 1945, in the book “Il s’appelait Joseph” (His name was Joseph). Guillet came to hand the book to the employees of the French Liaison Mission at the International...

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10/12/2011 Archival Workshop at the ITS

During a recent two-day meeting in Bad Arolsen, participants discussed such topics as methods of indexing, the use of archive terminology according to international standards and access for ITS (International Tracing Service) archive users. Fourteen participants from seven countries attended, including archivists from...

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10/05/2011 The first years of the “unwanted child” ITS

The Waldeckian Association of History presented the book “International Tracing Service Arolsen” by teh author Bernd Joachim Zimmer to the public yesterday. It is the first publication on the history of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen that gives comprehensive coverage of the institution’s early...

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10/05/2011 The different phases of the Sandbostel camp

Andrea Genest came to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen this week to investigate the immediate post-war history of the former prisoner of war camp in Sandbostel. “This phase in the camp’s history has been hardly explored yet”, said the scholarly assistant of the Memorial. “In the ITS holdings I...

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09/27/2011 Exploitation in Armaments’ Industry

Late in September 2011, Frank Baranowski came to see the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) preparing his book titled “Rüstungsproduktion in Deutschlands Mitte von 1923 bis 1945” (Armaments’ Production in Germany’s centre from 1923 to 1945). “With this book, I intend to create transparency on...

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09/26/2011 Shot after Liberation

A document in the ITS archives states that Josef Küstrin, a Yugoslavian forced labourer in agriculture, was shot dead “on 15 April 1945, probably by a SS man in the woods” near Twiste (eight km/5 miles from Arolsen) – that is several days after the US Army had freed the region. His mortal remains were not discovered...

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09/15/2011 “The Information has opened a Window”

In the company of his family, Michael Dimor spent a week in Germany seeing the home places of his Jewish Family. The Israeli felt the need to also have a stop at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. On site, he looked at records from Concentration Camp Buchenwald, cards from Transit Camp Westerbork,...

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09/15/2011 Exercise on Emigration to Australia

For two weeks, Ruth Balint has been studying documents from the record group on Displaced Persons (DPs) at the archive of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. In so doing, she focused on the post-war migration movement to Australia. “The records from the immediate post-war period are a thrilling read...

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09/06/2011 “A Good and Professional Perspective for the ITS”

Ministry official Dr Martin Ney and Harald Gehrig from the German Foreign Office came to see and get a personal impression of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen yesterday. While Ney takes part in the negotiations for the future of the tracing service, Gehrig is the Representative of the Federal...

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