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08/12/2009 Database on Norwegian Holocaust Victims

Bjarte Bruland, head curator and historian at the Jewish Museum in Oslo, spent two days in August at the International Tracing Service (ITS) researching information on Norwegians persecuted under National Socialism. His findings will be included in the museum´s new database which was created last September. “I didn´t...

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08/10/2009 Research on SS racial fanaticism

Dana Schlegelmilch, a research assistant at the Wewelsburg District Museum, visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive in early August to view file cards on Weimar´s “Administrative Office for Race Questions” for a new exhibition which is being planned. “It was exciting to be able to research the archives...

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07/17/2009 Memory mirrored through three generations

How does the view of Nazi persecution and the Holocaust change over three generations? Jennifer Allen of the University of California, Berkeley is attempting to answer this question. “The International Tracing Service archive will be an important source for my studies,” said Allen. “Nowhere else is there such an...

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07/06/2009 Dissertation on the persecution of Sinti and Roma in Italy

Rosa Cobelletto of the University of Turin spent two weeks at the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive researching her dissertation on the persecution of Sinti and Roma under Italian Fascism. Her research focuses on the deportations from 1943-1945. “The ITS archive is especially rich in information, as a lot of...

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06/26/2009 Son of former ITS director Hugh Elbot looks back

The International Tracing Service (ITS) was able to welcome a very special guest to Bad Arolsen this past Friday. The son of former ITS Director Hugh Elbot came all the way from Denver with his wife Barbara to rediscover the traces of his childhood. Charles Elbot was just four years old when his father took over the...

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06/19/2009 Research on the First Transport from Düsseldorf to Lodz

Angela Genger, Head of the Düsseldorf memorial centre, has been studying the first deportation transport leaving Düsseldorf for the destination of Lodz on 27 October 1941 on her visit to the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) at Bad Arolsen. In close cooperation with her colleagues, the historian has...

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06/18/2009 Insight into Restoration and Conservation

For three days, Director Armida Batori, archivist Cecilia Prosperi and restorer Claudia Pappalardo from the Rome Institute for the Conservation of Archives (Istituto Centrale per il Restauro e la Conservazione del Patrimonio Archivistico e librario) have been staying at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad...

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06/16/2009 Final Certainty on his father’s fate

Decades after the actual event, Otto Romberg, Holocaust survivor and editor of the journal “TRIBÜNE”, for the first time has come to know for certain the place where his father was murdered by the Nazis. Documents kept in the archive of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen testify to the fact that his...

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06/03/2009 Investigating forced labor in Frankenhausen

Three agricultural science and sociology students from the University of Kassel and historian Jochen Ebert visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen at the beginning of June because of a project seminar. Their research focused on forced labor in the Hessian State Domain Frankenhausen during the...

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05/29/2009 The forgotten authors of the Lodz Ghetto

Seeking for Jewish writers and journalists who had been interned in the Lodz Ghetto, historian Uta Fröhlich for some days read and probed the files and documents kept in the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS). The information she gathers is for the benefit of the research project “Writing under the...

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