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09/13/2017 | News Escape from Prague

Dascha Sekeris-Abelman would like to tell the story of her mother, the Holocaust survivor Markéta Ledererová. Her search for clues has meanwhile led the Dutchwoman to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, accompanied by her daughter Jindra Bausewein-Sekeris, her niece Françoise de Gooijer-van Aalsburg...

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09/02/2017 | News Return of personal belongings in cooperation with Stutthof Memorial

On 2 September 1939, just one day after the invasion of Poland and the outbreak of World War II, the Nazis erected the Stutthof concentration camp, 21 miles east of Gdansk. 78 years later, the International Tracing Service (ITS) was now able to hand over the personal belongings of a former prisoner to his family. The...

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08/29/2017 | News Unexpected call from Arolsen

Miroslaw Wozniewicz is the son of a survivor of the Neuengamme concentration camp. He and his family recently received a visit from Malgorzata Przybyla, an International Tracing Service (ITS) employee, at their home in Jeziora Wielkie near Bydgoszcz. Przybyla had something to return to them: personal items once...

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08/21/2017 | News Last Trace in Below Forest

Patrick Vereecke is researching his grandfather’s fate. The SS deported Leopold Vereecke from his native Rièzes, a town in Belgium. He never returned home. His grandson recently visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen to have a look at documents testifying to Leopold Vereecke’s persecution.

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08/16/2017 | News Funds Granted for the Preservation of Historical Maps

The International Tracing Service (ITS) is receiving further aid in the amount of 20,000 euros for the preservation of its archival holdings. It plans to apply these funds toward the deacidification and restoration of layout plans from concentration camps as well as maps indicating the routes of death marches. Under...

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08/07/2017 | Press Releases Child Survivors of Nazi Persecution

The 2017 Yearbook of the International Tracing Service (ITS) has been published. It focuses on the fates of children and adolescent survivors of Nazi persecution. “They were the most vulnerable, and had lost every sense of what it means to have a home,” says Henning Borggräfe, head of the ITS department of research and...

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08/03/2017 | Press Releases ITS receives aid from special German government program

The International Tracing Service (ITS) has been granted 100,000 euros from the 2017 Special Program of the German Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) for the preservation of written cultural heritage. The service will use the funds for the deacidification and restoration of Child Search Branch files...

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08/02/2017 | News Roma Genocide Remembrance Day

On the night of August 2, 1944, Nazis murdered 2,897 men, women and children from the so-called gypsy family camp of Auschwitz II-Birkenau. They were the last remaining deportees in the camp. Altogether some 500,000 Roma and Sinti fell victim to the National Socialist policy of extermination in Europe. August 2 marks...

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07/31/2017 | News CfA: Research Workshop at ITS

The International Tracing Service (ITS) and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) are jointly offering a three-day research seminar in Bad Arolsen. Interested students and doctoral candidates are invited to apply for...

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07/28/2017 | News An Extraordinary Message via Facebook

The sisters Nicole van Winkoop-Schleicher and Monique Buitenhuis-Schleicher never knew their grandfather Johan Pieter Mackenbach. All the more surprised were they when, in March 2017, they received a message from the Dutchwoman Annelies Sijtsma-Hoezen on Facebook: “The Online Archive of the International Tracing...

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