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05/20/2011 Finding one’s identity – after 66 years

“I feel relieved. I can find peace of mind after all”, 69-year-old George Jaunzemis sums up his feelings. He never knew who his mother was, which his real name was or where he was born – questions the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen has solved now. A four-year-old boy, George had been separated from...

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05/18/2011 Research for “Memory Train Route Buchenwald”

It was a transport list showing the names of 200 children and teenagers that brought Holger Obbarius and Torsten Jugl from the Concentration Camp Buchenwald memorial to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. They spent two days of intense research at the ITS archives seeking to shed light on the lives...

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05/11/2011 Doctoral Thesis on Psychologists in Concentration Camps

In mid-May, Frank Wiedemann came to persue research in the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen for his dissertation. For three years the historian has been investigating the subject of “Psychologists in concentration camps – Methods and Strategies of Survival”. “As I can find documents...

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05/05/2011 “My Father did not abandon me”

“After looking for any trace of my father so long, I have come to know in the end that he did not abandon me”, said Antoine Jules Bukovinszky. The French came to the International Tracing Service (ITS) and its French Liaison Mission office in Bad Arolsen yesterday. “I wanted to express my thanks to everyone who helped...

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04/21/2011 Death in Labour Camp “Schlosshof”

His research on labour camp “Schlosshof” brought Bielefed historian Martin Decker to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. Originally forged plans to tear down the “Schlosshof” were prevented from materialization by an action alliance. The town authorities intend to explore the occurrences at the camp...

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04/15/2011 The Children of Monastery Indersdorf

Anna Andlauer came to see the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen in mid-April 2011 investigating in its archives the subject of “Children in Monastery Indersdorf 1945 – 1948”. She looked through files the child-tracing service had opened on orphaned or missing children immediately after the end of World...

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04/07/2011 Talks on Return of Effects

On 5 and 6 April, the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen had talks with representatives of the memorial centres Neuengamme, Dachau, Amersfoort and Bergen-Belsen on the modus operandi for returning effects still kept in the ITS archives. The ITS needs the memorials’ assistance with its search for any...

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04/07/2011 Visit of UK Envoy

Sir Andrew Burns, UK envoy for post-Holocaust issues, spent two days in early April learning about the latest developments at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. “It was a very interesting and illuminating visit,” said Burns. “I am deeply impressed by the number of activities and the sheer volume of...

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04/01/2011 “Who doesn´t discover anything here is in the wrong line of work”

Dr. Hermann Simon, director of the Centrum Judaicum in Berlin, visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen on 30 March 2011 to consider ways in which the two institutions could work together. “I was interested in finding out what we could do and how we could use the documents in the ITS archives,”...

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03/28/2011 Talks with the Russian Holocaust Research and Education Centre

With a handful of ideas and proposals for cooperation projects, Professor Ilya Altman, Head of the Russian Holocaust Research and Education Centre in Moscow, came to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen late in March. Accompanied by Natalja Anisina, he first took a guided tour to get an overview of...

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