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02/02/2012 Ministry Official Roik Paid Visit to the ITS

Ministry Official Dr Michael Roik, Head of the section “history and memory” with the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (FGCCM), has paid a visit to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. Early in 2012, the Federal Government Commissioner took over the responsibility for the...

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01/24/2012 Pupils Conduct Research on the Fates of Jews and Sinti from North Hesse

26 pupils from the Filchner Comprehensive School in Wolfhagen spent two days researching in the digital archives and the library of the International Tracing Service (ITS). The pupils looked into the biographies of Jews and Sinti from North Hesse and into their fates under National Socialist persecution. Another...

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01/23/2012 Second Conference for Educators

The Pedagogical Academy of the Protestant Educator’s Association (GEE) held their second study session in mid-January for educators at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. The goal of the meetings with ITS was to give the educators an insight into the research options and various possibilities for...

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01/23/2012 Museum Historicum20 Opened

Thanks to the association Historicum20, the former staff premises of the barracks in Bad Arolsen could be turned into a museum that was opened last Saturday. The museum shows the varied history of the barracks from 1867 to 1994, from the Kaiserreich (German Empire) to the withdrawal of the Belgian Nato troops. The...

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01/12/2012 Oberhausen under National Socialism

Oberhausen under National Socialism is the investigations’ subject of Clemens Heinrichs, manager of the memory hall in the town of Oberhausen. Paying visit to the International Tracing Service (ITS) early in January 2012, he looked through plenty of documents kept in the archives on individual citizens’ fates. “Time...

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12/23/2011 “I was named after my uncle who was murdered”

A quest for information on his family´s fate led Reuven Barak, an Israeli, to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen at the end of December. He wanted to know if the ITS possessed documents on his family´s persecution and to see the archive´s holdings firsthand. “My parents were able to escape in time,...

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12/21/2011 “I´ll probably never find out“

Naftali Sappir, an Israeli, and his son Michael visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen in mid-December in search of any trace of his grandparents and their youngest son Bernhard. Sappir thinks that “it´s probably one of those cases which will never be solved.”

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12/20/2011 EHRI project needs researchers for survey

The EHRI project (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure) is looking for researchers would like to take part in a survey. The aim is to find out how Holocaust researchers discover and use information. The survey www.ehri-project.eu/Surveys takes between 10-15 minutes to respond to the 17 questions.

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12/16/2011 Dutch Victims from Tilburg und Goirle

Archivist Gerrit Kobes paid a two-day research visit to the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen in mid-December. “I intend to gather the names of the victims coming from my hometown Goirle and publish and preserve their biographies for the next generations”, said the Dutchman. In...

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12/12/2011 Talk with Researchers at the Centrum Judaicum

On 12 December 2011, Dr Susanne Urban, head of the ITS Research Department, held a lecture at the Centrum Judaicum in Berlin on the potential that the archival material of the International Tracing Service (ITS) offers for researchers. “Since we could not find a date for us to come and see you in Bad Arolsen, we...

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