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05/04/2009 Bamberg students visit archive

32 University of Bamberg students toured the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive in Bad Arolsen today to learn about opportunities in research and archive administration. “The opening of the archive was a stroke of good luck for research and therefore also for universities,” said Horst Gehringer, excursion...

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04/28/2009 Tracing back her ancestors

While the international meeting of Red Cross Societies was being held at the Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, the Israeli Susan Edel researched into traces of her ancestors in Hesse on 28 April. She viewed records and files at the ITS archives and went to visit the Jewish cemetery of Breitenbach. “I am impressed...

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04/27/2009 Regierungspräsident Klein visits ITS

Kassel´s Regierungspräsident (Regional Commissioner) Lutz Klein visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen on April 27, 2009, where he viewed the archive´s collections and spoke with director Jean-Luc Blondel and chief archivist Udo Jost. “The ITS is still as indispensable and sought-after an...

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04/23/2009 Workshop of the Foundation of Memorial Sites in Lower Saxony

The Foundation of memorial sites in Lower Saxony organised a three-days workshop at the International Tracing Service (ITS) late in April. The aim of the workshop was to familiarize the staff of the memorial sites in Lower Saxony with the archival holdings of the ITS and to show them the collection’s research...

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04/20/2009 Thesis on Lebensborn in Austria

Corinna Fürstaller, a history student at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria, spent several days in late April at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen doing research for her thesis on Lebensborn homes in Austria. “I was impressed by the number of documents the ITS has on the topic of...

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04/09/2009 Korbach under National Socialism

Senior teacher Marion Möller returned to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen for the sixth time in early April to research the history of the north Hessian county seat Korbach under National Socialism. “I have had contact to the ITS since the opening of the archive, and I´m grateful for their...

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04/06/2009 ITS staff on study excursion to Berlin

A group consisting of eleven employees from the cataloguing, visitors’ support, IT and library sections took early in April a three-day excursion to several Berlin-based archives and documentation institutions, among them the Federal Archives, the “Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt)” and the documentation center on Nazi...

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04/01/2009 ITS archivist spoke at Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” Workshop

At the invitation of the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ), ITS archivist Karsten Kühnel spoke to an international group of historians, archivists and representatives of memorials in Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Poland, Belarus and Ukraine on March 31, 2009 in Berlin. Kühnel gave...

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03/31/2009 Retracing deported Italians

Historian Giovanna D’Amico spent several days in late March doing research at the International Tracing Service (ITS) for the Fossoli Foundation in Italy. “I´ve been tasked with visiting various German archives to trace deported Italians. My work has been especially fruitful at the ITS,” said D´Amico.

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03/30/2009 Experiencing the “new“ ITS

Aron Hirt-Manheimer of the Union of Reform Judaism and member of the delegation of American Jewish organizations, which visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) last week, combined his stay in Bad Arolsen with a personal interest. The American studied family documents in the ITS archive extensively. “They have...

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