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ITS Representatives had Talks in the Baltic States

Between 26th March and 4th April 2012, Djordje Drndarski, Deputy Director of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, and ITS Historian René Bienert had talks in the Baltic States Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. They met representatives of 15 institutions, among them National Red Cross Societies, foreign ministries, archival and research institutions and museums. Their talks aimed to inform about the tasks and achievements of the ITS. “In particular our new research and education potential is hardly known here”, reports Bienert.

The ITS preserves comprehensive documentary material on Nazi persecution and the Holocaust in the Baltic states, on the deportation of forced labourers and on the emigration of former persecutes after the end of World War II. “Our intention is to enable the next-of-kin of the victims of Nazi persecution to clear up fates still unsolved”, says Drndarski. “And we also strive to initiate mutual cooperation in the research field.”

Many people from the East of Europe had not had the chance to get in touch with the ITS unhindered before the end of the Cold War. And the historical re-assessment of the two dictatorships they had to endure in the 20th century has only just begun in this area. “There still is a lot of topical overlap”, relates Bienert. “Our interlocutors were interested. We will exchange further information, link up our websites and discuss concrete research projects.”