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04/18/2019 | News “The Man with the Tie”

“Someone’s trying to give me the runaround,” Gabrielle Fourcade thought when she received the letter from the International Tracing Service (ITS). Could there really still be personal belongings of her father’s that the Nazis had taken from him at the time of his arrest more than seventy years ago?

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04/15/2019 | News Welcome to the Family

It could be a completely ordinary scene: three women of three generations sitting in a shopping center. Talking about their family, about memories, laughing a lot. For these three, however, the gathering is anything but normal, because they’ve only just found each other. It’s Mirjam’s first visit from Germany to her...

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04/10/2019 | News Kick-off of Coding Da Vinci

The ITS is participating in the Coding Da Vinci hackathon again – this time under its new name, the Arolsen Archives. Christiane Weber from the Arolsen Archives and Steffen Jost from the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial have shared an exceptional collection of photos.

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04/10/2019 | News Memory of the World on Tour

Anyone passing an inconspicuous white truck on the highway last week on Monday would never have guessed that it was carrying part of the UNESCO Memory of the World. The 301,000 documents were on their way back to the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive after being deacidified and restored at the Zentrum für...

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04/04/2019 | Events Conveying History on Twitter

Digitalization creates a whole new world – also for memorials and documentation centers: nowadays, it’s possible to visit historical sites with augmented-reality applications and make entire archives on Nazi crimes accessible online. Which formats are the most suitable and where are the limits to conveying history by...

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03/29/2019 | News “My father always carried me with him”

The first time Pieter Dekker and Gert von Dompseler visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) on September 19, 2007, they brought the names of 660 men with them from their hometown—Putten in Holland. On October 2, 1944, the Wehrmacht had arrested these men, aged seventeen to fifty at the time, and deported them...

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03/21/2019 | News Three Versions of His Grandmother’s Fate

The Nazis painstakingly documented their crimes in all detail. Nevertheless, only a fraction of the records survived. Many were destroyed in the war; others were deliberately done away with shortly before Nazi Germany surrendered. As a result, there were many people of whom no trace remained, no indication of the fates...

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03/14/2019 | News Research on "Military Internees" from Italy

Two historians from Bologna have devoted themselves to reconstructing the fates of the Italian “military internees” in German camps and prisons. In their efforts to learn more about this little-known aspect of Nazi history, Andrea Ferrari and Fabrizio Tosi of the National Association of Ex-Deportees into the Nazi Camps...

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03/08/2019 | News Grażyna Chrostowska: Poems from Ravensbrück

On International Women’s Day we are launching a series in commemoration of strong women who set an example with their will and their battle to survive. Grażyna Chrostowska was a Polish poetess and an activist in the underground. She was a mere twenty years old when she was shot to death in the Ravensbrück concentration...

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02/20/2019 | News Research-Based Learning with Original Documents

Over 170,000 Jewish men and women were deported by the Nazis from the German Reich to ghettos or extermination camps, where most of them were murdered. These deportations are the focus of a new collection of sources assembled by Akim Jah from the International Tracing Service (ITS) and Marcus Gryglewski from the House...

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