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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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06/28/2018 | News “It’s amazing what a single letter can tell you.”

Christiane Weber, a research associate in the ITS Department of Research and Education, has been working on implementing the e-Guide project since May 2017. To that end, she investigated the historical background of documents from the concentration camps. In the interview she talks about her fascinating research and...

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06/20/2018 | News Answers to Topical Questions about Migration

Important knowledge for today’s society from files on emigration after 1945: Professor Christoph Rass and his study group at Osnabrück University use the ITS online archive and he also introduces his seminar students to the questionnaires published there.

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06/18/2018 | News Innovative Projects and Apps with ITS Data

Retrace the footsteps of Jewish children in Berlin – now it’s possible with the “Marbles of Remembrance” app. An international team developed it late last year at the culture hackathon “Coding da Vinci” in Berlin. The basis for this and another project was the card file of the Reich Association of Jews which the...

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06/06/2018 | News In Commemoration of Bernd Joachim Zimmer (1944–2018)

The historian Dr. Bernd Joachim Zimmer of Bad Arolsen, who had close ties to the International Tracing Service (ITS) through his research, died in May 2018. The studied math and physics teacher had set himself the task of investigating the history of the city of Bad Arolsen in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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05/15/2018 | News Tracing the owner of a signet ring

Malgorzata Przybyla, an employee at the International Tracing Service (ITS), recently returned the personal possessions of a former concentration camp prisoner to his relatives in Poland. The objects included a signet ring. It played a special role in the search for this family.

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