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12/18/2018 | News A Family's Odyssey

The Polish farmer Anastazy Abramczyk and his wife Kleopatra had three children—each born in a different country. Their life story is an odyssey brought upon them by political persecution.

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12/14/2018 | News Apply now: Fundraising Manager (m/w)

To establish and develop a fundraising department at the ITS, we are seeking to hire a Fundraising Manager (m/f). In close cooperation with the directorate, the PR team and the specialized departments, you will develop a fundraising policy for actively shaping our contact with sponsors and partners who assist the ITS...

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12/14/2018 | News Vacancy: Assistant to the Director (m/f)

At the earliest possible date, we are seeking to hire an Assistant to the Director (m/f). As assistant to the Director, you will be at the interface to the various managers and departments within ITS. In external communications, you will also take on central tasks vis-à-vis partners in Germany and abroad. This includes...

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12/11/2018 | News #StolenMemory Has Arrived in Spain

The International Tracing Service (ITS) is currently very present in the Spanish media. The reason is the campaign #StolenMemory: in the ITS archive, there are also objects once belonging to Spanish concentration camp inmates awaiting return to those inmates’ families. Radio stations, newspapers, blogs and a growing...

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12/07/2018 | News A Handful of Soil from Her Father’s Grave

Janine Marciniak was three years old when the Nazis arrested her father Stefan Tarapacki. He never came home again. For years, Janine’s mother looked for her husband in vain. “My youngest son Tony was the driving force that kept me looking for his grandfather’s grave,” Janine told us. “I had put all that behind me. My...

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12/03/2018 | News Museum Receives Brooch of Prominent Insurgent

Irène Rossel headed a resistance group against the German Nazi occupiers in France. In 1943, the Gestapo arrested her and the writer and insurgent Jorge Semprún. After undergoing torture and imprisonment in several concentration camps, she died shortly after her liberation in Bergen-Belsen. The ITS still has in its...

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11/29/2018 | News The Camp System

The newly published booklet The Camp System introduces historical documents as sources of information on the Nazi camp system. It is based on documents from the ITS archive. With the aid of these sources, it sheds light on the dehumanizing practice of labelling and registering the inmates, forced labor, experiments on...

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11/28/2018 | News Violence Against Women

A circular of January 20, 1944 sent out by the Nazi party’s “Central Office of People’s Welfare” provides an inkling of the inconceivable suffering to which the National Socialists subjected women forced laborers and their children. The subject: the treatment of pregnant foreign women workers and their children.

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11/23/2018 | News Personal Stories and Big Data

At the EHRI workshop “Person-Related Records Beyond the Personal,” which took place at the ITS in Bad Arolsen on November 19 and 20, 2018, sixteen historians and archivists from eleven countries discussed the opportunities offered by—and limitations to–the evaluation of personal documents in research on the Holocaust.

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11/20/2018 | News Evidence for the Nuremberg War Criminals Trial

Already within days of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp, photographers of the U.S. Army Signal Corps began documenting the conditions there. A few months later, twenty-eight of the photographs they had taken between April 21 and 24, 1945 served as evidence (“Exhibit B-1”) in the Nuremberg Major War...

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