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03/08/2018 | News Women under Nazi Persecution

From the treatment of pregnant forced labourers to women forced into prostitution in concentration camps: the first issue of a new online series of publications based on documents from the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive, is dedicated to particular forms of exploitation and persecution of women by the...

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03/01/2018 | News “Keeping the memory alive”

Saida Kikhlyarova from Azerbaijan is twenty-six years old and the first volunteer to come to the International Tracing Service (ITS) through Action Reconciliation: Service for Peace (ARSP). In Azerbaijan she studied foreign language education. Thanks to the six languages she speaks and her strong dedication, she was...

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02/21/2018 | News “The ITS is a perfect place for research”

Argentinean victims of the Holocaust are the research topic of Marcia Ras, PhD candidate at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. As an EHRI fellow, she spent a few weeks in Bad Arolsen at the ITS in January and February 2018. In an interview she told us about her research and her findings.

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02/14/2018 | News “There’s still a lot I don’t know”

To obtain further information about his grandfather’s fate, Marco Moisello and his wife set out from Italy at the end of January 2018 to visit the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. The National Socialists had arrested Francesco Moisello in his native Genoa in 1944. He never came home again.

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02/12/2018 | News After 1936: Olympic athletes in the resistance

The purpose of the Olympic Games is to unite nations in fair sports competitions. In 1936, the Winter Olympics took place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. With the aid of the Nazi propaganda machine, Germany strove to present itself there as a liberal-minded nation, in which context the Winter Games served as a dress...

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01/31/2018 | News “Plumber” not musician

The jazz guitarist Coco Schumann died on January 28, 2018. He was 93 years old. It was only later in life that the Berlin-born Coco (Heinz Jacob) Schumann talked about his persecution by the Nazis. The archive of the International Tracing Service (ITS) holds a number of documents about his fate.

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01/10/2018 | News "The more you search, the more you find."

Between October and November 2017, Ildikó Barna, who has a PhD in sociology and is associate professor at Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Social Sciences in Budapest, spent four weeks conducting research as an EHRI fellowship holder at the International Tracing Service (ITS)

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12/27/2017 | News “A Long Overdue Step“

In an interview, Rikola-Gunnar Lüttgenau from the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation talks about the cooperation with the International Tracing Service (ITS) from the perspective of the memorials of former concentration camps.

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12/13/2017 | News An important part of Europe's written heritage

Since 2011, Roland Jahn has been the Federal Commissioner for Records of the State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic (BStU). Digitisation, access to records, support for scientific projects and educational offers: many of the BStU's tasks are also assigned to the International Tracing Service...

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12/11/2017 | News A great service to research on this era

British historian Sir Ian Kershaw, a distinguished expert on 20th-century German history, conducted research at the ITS in 2009 for his book “The end: Hitler’s Germany, 1944–45". At the time, he said: "I was aware of the existence of the Tracing Service, however, the ITS had never been an archive in this sense, nor had...

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