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01/08/2010 History acquired based on biographies

Christoph Schwarz spent two days at the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive in Bad Arolsen researching the fates of 60 Polish children.  The educator from Freiburg is using their life stories as material for his history lessons. “I would like my students to learn about National Socialism using a different...

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12/11/2009 Excursion of the German Red Cross (DRK)

The Berlin-based department for international cooperation with the General Secretariat of the German Red Cross (DRK) held its annual team meeting at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen this week. Apart from discussing their field of work, the 20 participants formed an idea of ITS functions and...

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12/02/2009 "Time does not heal all wounds"

Natan Kellerman, project development director and clinical psychologist at Amcha, gave a talk on December 1 at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen on the psychological effects of the Holocaust. Amcha offers Holocaust survivors and their families psychosocial support as a national Israeli center. “It...

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11/26/2009 | News Kershaw sees Research Potential

Realizing his book project on the war end in Germany, the well-known historian, Professor Ian Kershaw, has spent three days at the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS). He informed himself about its holdings and paid special attention to the voluminous collection of documents on death marches. “A...

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11/25/2009 “I´m happy to be alive”

Rudolf Brazda went through three years of hell at the Buchenwald concentration camp. He survived. Today the 96-year-old is the last known former victim of Nazi persecution of gays. “I´m not complaining. I´m thankful to be alive and healthy,” said the senior with a smile.

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11/25/2009 Clarification and Commemoration as a Task

On his journey leading him to places where he can investigate the fate of homosexuals deported from France, Jean-Luc Schwab made a stop at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. He wanted to inform himself about the type of documents kept here and leafed through the files of various victims. “It is...

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11/25/2009 Study Excursion of Archival School Marburg

As integral part of their studies, 45 future archivists at the Marburg-based Archival School have taken part in a guided tour through the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen today. The students took advantage of the two-hours round to gain a survey of the diversity of the documents.

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11/20/2009 Dissertation on Concentration Camp Riga-Kaiserwald

Preparing her dissertation, Franziska Jahn has been looking through files and records at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen for a week. The historian supported by the Berlin Centre for Research on Anti-Semitism builds her paper on her previous finals’ thesis “Concentration Camp Kaiserwald in Riga....

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11/19/2009 Research on Buchenwald Prisoner Infirmary

Jena student Ralf Leipold visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive in Bad Arolsen to examine documents on the history of the prisoner infirmary at Buchenwald concentration camp.  His findings will contribute to the expansion of the educational offerings of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorial...

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11/13/2009 On the Loss of Identity

A report broadcast on the American TV network CBS compelled Canadian author Deborah Schnitzer to visit the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. She wanted to learn how the archive works firsthand and see documents on her husband´s family. “I´m interested in how the archive has changed since it opened its...

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