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09/05/2018 | News Call for Application: Winter School 2019

Applications for the International Winter School for Educators “Nazi Forced Labour – History and Aftermath” organized by the International Tracing Service (ITS) and the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre Berlin-Schöneweide should be received by 20th September 2018. The English-language seminar will be held in...

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08/22/2018 | News The “Polenaktion” 1938 – Learning with historical sources

The International Tracing Service (ITS) will hold a training seminar for specialists from schools and other educational institutions as part of the educational program accompanying the “Expelled! Berlin 28.10.1938” exhibition at the Centrum Judaicum in Berlin. On September 17, 2018, Akim Jah, a research associate from...

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08/15/2018 | News Born in Theresienstadt

Ellis de Vries was born on October 15, 1944, in the Theresienstadt ghetto. It was a miracle that both mother and daughter survived. Most members of the Jewish de Vries family were deported via the Westerbork transit camp directly to Auschwitz or Sobibor, where they were murdered. Helena de Vries, who was pregnant, was...

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08/03/2018 | News Father’s watch runs again after 74 years

In the summer of 2018, Jean-Pierre Lopez was able to wind up his father's watch again, a square timepiece with a silver link band and a white face. “It’s extraordinary,” he wrote to the ITS, “it seems to still work perfectly after 74 years.”

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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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