Excursion of the German Red Cross (DRK)
The Berlin-based department for international cooperation with the General Secretariat of the German Red Cross (DRK) held its annual team meeting at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen this week. Apart from discussing their field of work, the 20 participants formed an idea of ITS functions and visited the archives. “We want Bad Arolsen to be better known”, said Martin Hahn, head of the department.
Currently, the international cooperation department looks after 200 projects in 50 countries worldwide centring particularly on cooperation for furthering development and immediate aid for victims of disaster. “Planning and implementing our projects, we always closely cooperate with the national Red Cross societies”, emphasizes Hahn.
While doing a round of the ITS archives and talking with the management, the visitors from Berlin were curious to hear about the origin of the documents, today’s prospects of successfully reuniting families and collaboration between ITS, the direction of which has been in the hands of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva since 1955, and other tracing services of the Red Cross Movement. “We have learned a lot about the tasks performed by ITS in Bad Arolsen – a field we have hardly been aware of so far”, said Hahn.