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05/17/2019 | News #StolenMemory in Luxembourg

On Friday, 17th May at 6 p.m. the exhibition #StolenMemory is inaugurated at the Town hall of Mondorf-les-Bains. The commune will be hosting the exhibition for one year, taking the form of a photographic tour across the town.

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05/09/2019 | News The number on my hand …

In May 2019, historian and author, Susanne Urban, (since 2015 Managing Dicector of the ShUM-Cities) will be presenting her latest book in Berlin. A similar event will take place in Bad Arolsen in the autumn. The book examines statements given by survivors of Nazi persecution, held in the archive of the International...

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05/02/2019 | News Betrayal by a Brother in Faith

Fritz Dinstühler’s story is an example of the difficult role of churchmen under the Nazi regime. The Catholic priest was a courageous opponent of National Socialism. A fellow pastor betrayed him.

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04/26/2019 | News The story of a simple man

… is the title of the biography that Claudine Bons-Bourguignat wrote about her grandfather. Despite intensively researching his fate, it was not until she contacted the ITS that she discovered why Jean Vergne had been deported to a concentration camp.

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04/18/2019 | News “The Man with the Tie”

“Someone’s trying to give me the runaround,” Gabrielle Fourcade thought when she received the letter from the International Tracing Service (ITS). Could there really still be personal belongings of her father’s that the Nazis had taken from him at the time of his arrest more than seventy years ago?

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04/15/2019 | News Welcome to the Family

It could be a completely ordinary scene: three women of three generations sitting in a shopping center. Talking about their family, about memories, laughing a lot. For these three, however, the gathering is anything but normal, because they’ve only just found each other. It’s Mirjam’s first visit from Germany to her...

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04/10/2019 | News Kick-off of Coding Da Vinci

The ITS is participating in the Coding Da Vinci hackathon again – this time under its new name, the Arolsen Archives. Christiane Weber from the Arolsen Archives and Steffen Jost from the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial have shared an exceptional collection of photos.

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04/10/2019 | News Memory of the World on Tour

Anyone passing an inconspicuous white truck on the highway last week on Monday would never have guessed that it was carrying part of the UNESCO Memory of the World. The 301,000 documents were on their way back to the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive after being deacidified and restored at the Zentrum für...

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04/04/2019 | Events Conveying History on Twitter

Digitalization creates a whole new world – also for memorials and documentation centers: nowadays, it’s possible to visit historical sites with augmented-reality applications and make entire archives on Nazi crimes accessible online. Which formats are the most suitable and where are the limits to conveying history by...

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03/29/2019 | News “My father always carried me with him”

The first time Pieter Dekker and Gert von Dompseler visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) on September 19, 2007, they brought the names of 660 men with them from their hometown—Putten in Holland. On October 2, 1944, the Wehrmacht had arrested these men, aged seventeen to fifty at the time, and deported them...

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