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08/06/2018 | News Her Grandfather’s Watch

Max Wernicke was committed to the Neuengamme concentration camp as a so-called police inmate. After the bombing attacks on Hamburg in the summer of 1943 and new waves of arrests, there was no longer enough space in the city prisons.

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08/01/2018 | News Stigmatized as a “Gypsy” from an Early Age

August 2 is the International Day of Remembrance of the National Socialist Genocide of the Sinti and Roma, to which some 500,000 persons persecuted as “Zigeuner” (“gypsies”) fell victim. On this day in 1944, 2,900 Sinti and Roma were murdered at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on orders from the Chief Office...

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07/31/2018 | News Overview of inmate identification badges

Six columns and five lines—that was all the Nazis needed to divide the people in the concentration camps into categories. One of the few surviving panels illustrating the cloth ID badges made its way to Arolsen after the war from the liberated Dachau concentration camp and is kept in the ITS archive.

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07/24/2018 | News "How lovely the earrings must have looked on her."

A delicate pair of earrings with red stones symbolize the great injustice Helena Poterska suffered. That’s why it was so hard for her daughter Christina Siegl to open the envelope containing them, sent to her by the International Tracing Service (ITS) in June 2018. "It moved me so deeply. It just never seemed to be the...

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07/13/2018 | News A new name in a new country

“I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have this pen." Yaron Roksa is emotional as Floriane Azoulay, Director of the International Tracing Service (ITS), hands him the ink pen belonging to his father, István Rokza. The pen had been taken from István Rokza when he arrived at the Neuengamme concentration camp in...

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07/13/2018 | News Research Seminar at the ITS

For three days at the end of June, twenty members of local history, education and commemoration initiatives took part in a special research seminar at the International Tracing Service (ITS).

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07/09/2018 | News Exhibition: “Expelled! Berlin, 28 October 1938”

On October 28 and 29, 1938, the National Socialists arrested more than 1,500 Jewish residents of Berlin within the framework of the “Poland Operation” and deported them to the German-Polish border. An exhibition at the New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum tells the story of this first mass deportation as illustrated...

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07/06/2018 | News Funding for the Preservation of the IRO Files

The German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media is placing 50,000 euros at the disposal of the International Tracing Service (ITS). The funds are from the commissioner’s special program for the preservation of written cultural heritage.

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07/05/2018 | News New Projects and a Change of Location: The ITS in 2017

Why is the #StolenMemory campaign important? What planning is needed to move an archive? What preparations does the ITS make before publishing large sections of its holdings online? And how many people sent inquiries in 2017 in search of information about victims of Nazi persecution? The ITS Annual Report answers these...

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07/02/2018 | News Learning from History: Focus on the ITS

From the new e-Guide to documentED, a tailored service for preparation and follow-up on visits to memorials, the June 2018 edition of the magazine “Lernen aus der Geschichte” (Learning from History)—entitled “Learning with Documents: The Educational Work of the ITS”—is devoted to the work of the International Tracing...

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