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04/15/2011 The Children of Monastery Indersdorf

Anna Andlauer came to see the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen in mid-April 2011 investigating in its archives the subject of “Children in Monastery Indersdorf 1945 – 1948”. She looked through files the child-tracing service had opened on orphaned or missing children immediately after the end of World...

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04/07/2011 Talks on Return of Effects

On 5 and 6 April, the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen had talks with representatives of the memorial centres Neuengamme, Dachau, Amersfoort and Bergen-Belsen on the modus operandi for returning effects still kept in the ITS archives. The ITS needs the memorials’ assistance with its search for any...

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04/07/2011 Visit of UK Envoy

Sir Andrew Burns, UK envoy for post-Holocaust issues, spent two days in early April learning about the latest developments at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. “It was a very interesting and illuminating visit,” said Burns. “I am deeply impressed by the number of activities and the sheer volume of...

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04/01/2011 “Who doesn´t discover anything here is in the wrong line of work”

Dr. Hermann Simon, director of the Centrum Judaicum in Berlin, visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen on 30 March 2011 to consider ways in which the two institutions could work together. “I was interested in finding out what we could do and how we could use the documents in the ITS archives,”...

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03/28/2011 Talks with the Russian Holocaust Research and Education Centre

With a handful of ideas and proposals for cooperation projects, Professor Ilya Altman, Head of the Russian Holocaust Research and Education Centre in Moscow, came to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen late in March. Accompanied by Natalja Anisina, he first took a guided tour to get an overview of...

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03/28/2011 Jews in Langenselbold

Members of the Association for local history and geography at Langenselbold paid a one-day visit to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. “We are going to investigate the fates suffered by the Jewish inhabitants of our town and compile their data. First of all, though, we want to get an impression of...

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03/23/2011 Visit from the French Red Cross

Three representatives of the French Red Cross, Véronique Molinaro, Virginie Alauzet and Robyn Gason, paid a one-day visit to the International Tracing Service (ITS) informing themselves on the digitisation progress, the treatment of tracing cases and the foreseen change in the management of the service. “We had the...

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03/16/2011 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Concentration Camp Bergen-Belsen

The incarceration of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Concentration Camp Bergen-Belsen is the subject that preoccupies the mind of Reiner Hermann from Celle. To investigate the fate this Nazi victims’ type suffered or succumbed to, the amateur historian came to look through the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS)...

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03/02/2011 “Overnight the Nazis took our identity and our families”

“The worst thing was not that my parents and brother were gassed. No, the worst thing was that we were robbed of our dignity.” Ghizela Kardos survived the Holocaust. The 86-year-old recently visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen for the first time in order to view the archive´s documents on...

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03/02/2011 “My Wish was to touch the List”

He owes his life to Schindler’s list. “This knowledge has been my constant companion”, states Ronny Bronner. Together with his wife Gila, the Israeli citizen came to see the International Tracing Service (ITS) at Bad Arolsen and look into the documents on his family yesterday. His parents, Jetti and Leopold Bronner,...

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