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12/09/2011 International Commission has signed new agreements

The eleven member states of the International Commission for the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen signed two new agreements on the future tasks and management of the ITS today at the German Foreign Office in Berlin. “We met to decide a historical restructuring of the ITS”, said Harald Braun, state...

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12/08/2011 Research on DP Camp “Insula”

The US-American John Plume spent a four-day visit at the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) conducting research on Displaced Persons from the "Insula” Camp near Berchtesgaden in the post-war years. “My brother and I wish to retrace and reconstruct as many people’s lives as possible”, Plume...

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12/07/2011 A Question of Ethics

Esther Cuerda Galindo from the University of Madrid spent a week at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen doing research for a study on medical experiments. “So far we have analyzed eyewitness reports. Now I would like to look at the original concentration camp documents,” said Galindo, who...

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12/02/2011 Exhibition Planned on the Deportation of Jewish Children from Rome

Professor Umberto Gentiloni and Stefano Palermo from the University of Rome recently spent several days doing research at the ITS (International Tracing Service) archive for an exhibition they are planning next year in the Italian capital on the deportation of Jewish children from Rome between October 1943 and June...

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11/29/2011 On the Traces of the Death Marches

60 scholars from eight countries met in late November at a 2-day conference at the ITS (International Tracing Service) in Bad Arolsen to discuss the results of their research on the Holocaust death marches. The conference “On the traces of the Death Marches – Crimes, Investigation and Remembrance” focused on documents...

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11/18/2011 Interviews with Contemporary Witnesses in the Fore

On 17 and 18 November 2011, the 14th conference of the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship and the Association against Oblivion – For Democracy in conjunction with the International Tracing Service (ITS) was held in Bad Arolsen. 40 participants – among them senior staff from memorial centres,...

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11/10/2011 Born at Lebensborn Home “Pommern”

Brigitte Kolberg was born at Lebensborn home “Pommern” in Bad Polzin. She did not learn her father’s name until she had turned sixteen. “I have constantly been searching for my roots and seeking to obtain information on the ‘Lebensborn e.V.’ ever since”, says the 71-year-old. In mid-November she paid a four-day visit...

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11/03/2011 Arrived – Event on the ITS Tracing activities

Which meaning the search for family members can still have more than six decades after the end of the Second World War was described by Renate Bauer and Victor Sokolovs at the event „Arrived - tracing and the clarification of fates today“ on the 2nd of November, 2011 in the Rauch Museum Bad Arolsen. „I can hardly...

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10/31/2011 Joint Seminar for Educators from Yad Vashem and ITS in Bad Arolsen

In late October, ten educators who had attended a seminar at Yad Vashem´s International School for Holocaust Studies now came to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. During three days they conducted detailed research and planned lessons using documents held in the ITS archives. The educators focused...

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10/25/2011 Sinti and Roma in Nordhausen

Christian Hentschke has searched the archival material of the International Tracing Service (ITS) for any information on the lives and persecutions of Sinti and Roma from Nordhausen and its surroundings. “As I have few details on the victims only, my search is arduous”, so the researcher. “By doing research on them,...

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