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05/21/2010 Students of Darmstadt explore DP Camp Zeilsheim

Four students of the Technical University of Darmstadt spent a week at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen pursuing research on the camp for Jewish Displaced Persons at Zeilsheim near Frankfurt/Main. “As school lessons usually draw the line of historical analysis at the end of the war, the post-war...

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05/19/2010 Cross of the Order of Merit for Shapiro

Paul Shapiro, the Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and member of the International Commission for the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, was presented yesterday Germany’s highest civilian recognition - the Cross of the Order of...

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05/18/2010 Born in Homes of the “Lebensborn”

The children of the “Lebensborn” are haunted by the shadows of the past. The silence kept by their mothers, the search for their own identities and the myths grown up around the SS association have been preoccupying the minds of those affected to this day. Ingeborg Schinke, Astrid Eggers and Elke Sauer came...

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05/13/2010 Gauck at the ITS

Joachim Gauck, Chairman of the association “Against Oblivion – For Democracy”, came to see the International Tracing Service (ITS) at Bad Arolsen yesterday. “The visit had long been overdue”, so Gauck. “I am struck and stunned by what I was shown.” He visited the archives, informed himself of the structural build-up of...

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05/04/2010 Searching for her Father’s Birth Place

Australian national Rebbeca Sharp’s original intention had been to apply for a EU passport only. But what seemed to be a mere formality turned out to be a fascinating search for her roots. “For about a year, I have been striving to learn more now pursuing research in Australia, the US, Bulgaria and Germany”, said...

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04/30/2010 A Look into Documents from the Theresienstadt Ghetto

Acting on behalf of the memorial on the Theresienstadt ghetto, historian Tomas Fedorovic has been viewing documents at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen for about a week. “I wished to gain a first basic survey of the voluminous material held at the ITS”, explains 34-year-old Fedorovic. His primary...

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04/22/2010 Project on Concentration Camp Commando Horgau

Claudia Ried and Wolfgang Kucera spent two days at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen looking through the records kept here on inmates of Horgau, a former concentration camp branch. Their work dealing with the site of the former Dachau Concentration Camp commando in the woods of Horgau is based on a...

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04/15/2010 “Undeniable Documents”

Frank Dobia had an instinct for the moment. He always managed to escape certain death during the Holocaust. The Australian is the sole survivor of a Jewish family from Pomerania. Yesterday he viewed original documents on his imprisonment in the concentration camp Buchenwald and on his family´s...

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04/14/2010 Commemorative Book for Ulm Holocaust Victims

In mid-April, historian Ingo Bergmann paid a three-day research visit to the International Tracing Service (ITS) at Bad Arolsen subjecting 220 names of Holocaust victims who either were born in Ulm or had been living there in the period from 1933 to 1945 to a check. “My results will be brought to bear in the second...

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04/08/2010 “Acceptance is key”

Buchenwald survivor Alex Moskovic wants to remember. “I would like to share my experiences with others and stand up for acceptance and respect,” said the American. To that end, he and his son Steven are making a documentary film, which brought them to the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen on April 7, 2010,...

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