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09/03/2009 “Pictures put a Face to the Documents”

About 130 guests – among them mayor Jürgen van der Horst, the member of the regional parliament Reinhard Kahl, Professor Dietfrid Krause-Vilmar and Ernst Klein from the association “Gegen das Vergessen” (counteracting oblivion) – were welcomed to the opening of the exhibition “Private Tolkatchev – At the Gates of...

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09/02/2009 Names of 100 Hinzert concentration camp prisoners found

Dr. Beate Welter, director of the memorial at the SS special camp/concentration camp Hinzert, spent 3 days at the beginning of September researching documents at the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive.  She found information on the camp, examined transport lists and studied the fates of individual...

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08/25/2009 Talks with Stasi Archive

A delegation of the “Bundesbeauftragten für die Unterlagen des ehemaligen Staatssicherheitsdienstes der DDR (BStU)” (Special Federal Representative responsible for preserving the documents of the former State Security Service of the GDR) came to visit the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen on 25th...

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08/24/2009 Child Forced Labour under Nazi reign

Over the past week, Professor Johannes-Dieter Steinert was carrying out research into the subject of “Child Forced Labour in National Socialist Germany and German occupied Eastern Europe from 1939 to 1945” at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. For two years, the Professor for Contemporary European...

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08/18/2009 Research on DP Camp

Dr. Adam Seipp, assistant professor of history at Texas A&M University, spent two days at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen viewing records on displaced persons and historical documents for his book project Strangers in the Wild Place: Americans, Refugees, and Germans, 1945 – 55. He has visited...

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08/12/2009 Database on Norwegian Holocaust Victims

Bjarte Bruland, head curator and historian at the Jewish Museum in Oslo, spent two days in August at the International Tracing Service (ITS) researching information on Norwegians persecuted under National Socialism. His findings will be included in the museum´s new database which was created last September. “I didn´t...

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08/10/2009 Research on SS racial fanaticism

Dana Schlegelmilch, a research assistant at the Wewelsburg District Museum, visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive in early August to view file cards on Weimar´s “Administrative Office for Race Questions” for a new exhibition which is being planned. “It was exciting to be able to research the archives...

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07/17/2009 Memory mirrored through three generations

How does the view of Nazi persecution and the Holocaust change over three generations? Jennifer Allen of the University of California, Berkeley is attempting to answer this question. “The International Tracing Service archive will be an important source for my studies,” said Allen. “Nowhere else is there such an...

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07/06/2009 Dissertation on the persecution of Sinti and Roma in Italy

Rosa Cobelletto of the University of Turin spent two weeks at the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive researching her dissertation on the persecution of Sinti and Roma under Italian Fascism. Her research focuses on the deportations from 1943-1945. “The ITS archive is especially rich in information, as a lot of...

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06/26/2009 Son of former ITS director Hugh Elbot looks back

The International Tracing Service (ITS) was able to welcome a very special guest to Bad Arolsen this past Friday. The son of former ITS Director Hugh Elbot came all the way from Denver with his wife Barbara to rediscover the traces of his childhood. Charles Elbot was just four years old when his father took over the...

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