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09/05/2008 “The ITS archive belongs to Arolsen”

Members of the working committee for communal issues on the Waldeck economy (AFK) visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen yesterday evening.  Reto Meister, director of ITS, and Udo Jost, head of ITS’s archive division, presented the work and goals of ITS to the group, and gave a tour of the...

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08/18/2008 Research Project on Medical Experiments

Medical experiments carried out on human beings during the National Socialist era constitute the area of research of historian Anna von Villiez, guiding her to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen for one week in mid-August. “The ITS is an important, if not the principal source of my present research...

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08/06/2008 The Children Should Know What Happened

Salomon Hauser is currently working on a commemoration book for the members of the Zionist youth movement B’nei Akiva, who had all lived in Antwerp prior to the invasion of German troops in 1940. The Israeli visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen for three days in early August to pursue his...

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07/21/2008 Squashing the Rumours Surrounding Lebensborn

There are many rumours and myths circulating about the SS-founded association “Lebensborn”, says the Canadian historian Annette Timm. She now wants to squelch these legends with her new book. Timm came to Bad Arolsen in mid-July for a week of research into the extensive collection of Lebensborn documents archived at...

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07/15/2008 The Story of the Women of Ravensbruck

A book project about the Ravensbruck women's concentration camp led British journalist Sarah Helm to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen for two days in mid-July. She was in search of information on camp life and the destiny of individual prisoners. “An interesting experience,” as the London-based...

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07/14/2008 A Treasure Trove of Great Magnitude

Historian Robert Sommer sifted through documents archived by the International Tracing Service (ITS) for three days in mid-July while conducting research on the subject of brothels in concentration camps. The doctoral candidate needed the information for the publication of his PhD thesis. Sommer is also a freelance...

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| Publications Displaced Children – Child Survivors

Recently, the world has been facing the largest number of people forced to leave their home countries. Children, naturally, are among the victims of this massive displacement. 70 years ago, after WWII, in Europe around 10 to 11 million people were on the move – as survivors of the Shoah, liberated forced laborers and...

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| News EHRI Fellowships Call (2016-2018)

The EHRI fellowships are intended to support and stimulate Holocaust research by facilitating international access to key archives and collections related to the Holocaust as well as archival and digital humanities knowhow. The fellowships intend to support researchers, archivists, curators, and younger scholars,...

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Long lost books link my past to my present

Jenny Teich was my grandmother, my mother’s mother who perished in Treblinka. I was five when we fled Berlin but remember yom tov gatherings where a gentle old lady would pass out chocolate goodies when we kissed her velvet cheeks. She was a widow living with the eldest of her four daughters. My mother was the first to...

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Having survived - and what next?

Alex Last from the BBC in London has dedicated his radio report “Lost Children of the Holocaust” to the fate of the “child survivors”, the traumatised children liberated from the concentration camps. Documents in the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) were of great help to him in his search. The...

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