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06/21/2012 The Exhibition "Legalized Robbery" is coming to Wolfhagen

"Since my son is extremely gifted, as his teacher confirmed, I beg you to let me have the piano that the evacuated Jews left." With this request, an Offenbach citizen approached his tax office in 1942. At that time, the tax office was already involved with the "recovery" of property of the deportees...

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06/18/2012 Project on Displaced Persons in Middle Hesse

The cooperation agreed between the International Tracing Service (ITS) and Gießen University brought another group of students of the University’s History Faculty to Bad Arolsen on 15 June 2012 where they pursued research in the ITS archives. Their group included four students taking part in a project of the European...

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06/15/2012 One-Day Excursion of Kassel Herder School

Final class pupils of Kassel Herder School enrolled for a bilingual basic course in history undertook a one-day excursion to the archive of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen on 14 June 2012. After listening to an introductory lecture on the history of the ITS and viewing a clip from a 1946 movie,...

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06/14/2012 Research Project on Camps in Italy

Dr Roman Herzog, political scientist and documentalist, has spent two days at the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) looking through records on camps in Italy. He got an overview of the holdings available on Italy and Italian persecutees. Among other files, the archives include ITS correspondence with...

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06/13/2012 Research on the satellite camp Katzbach

Nicole Mueller has come to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen to do research for her exam paper entitled "Codename Katzbach - forced labor and extermination in the concentration camp of the Adler factories, Frankfurt am Main, 1944/1945". "After I have been to the archives in...

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06/05/2012 “The Germans took everything from me”

Holocaust survivor Jules Schelvis spoke about his ordeal during events held in Vöhl commemorating the deportation of over 500 Jews from the Kassel area to Sobibor and Majdanek. The 91-year old survived several concentration camps including the extermination camps Sobibor and Auschwitz. He had to endure his beloved...

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06/04/2012 Commemorative Events in Vöhl

In June 1942 more than 500 Jewish residents of the Administrative District of Kassel were deported to Sobibor and Majdanek. The Friends’ Association of the Vöhl Synagogue, local authorities and instiatives and the International Tracing Service (ITS) remembered the victims in Vöhl last weekend.

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05/21/2012 Daughter of Former Director de Cocatrix Welcomed at the ITS

After more than 40 years, Isabelle de Cocatrix Kechavarz longed to come back to Bad Arolsen – the place where she spent many years of her childhood. Her father, Albert de Cocatrix, had been Deputy Director and subsequently Director of the International Tracing Service (ITS) from 1955 to 1977. “He was a very discreet...

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05/16/2012 Workshop of the Bad Arolsen Kaulbach School

In mid-May 2012, 26 pupils from the Bad Arolsen Kaulbach School came to see the International Tracing Service (ITS). Apart from preparing a presentation on the history and present tasks and objectives of the ITS, the pupils formed groups and occupied themselves with the subject of “conceptions of man”. “A three-hour...

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05/11/2012 The EHRI Archival Portal Starts Taking Shape

Between 9th and 11th May 2012, Karsten Kühnel, Archivist and Head of the section Archival Description at the International Tracing Service (ITS), attended a conference of the Work Package Standards and Guidelines of the Archives and Research Portal EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure). EHRI partners met at...

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