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Member of the German Bundestag Ullrich Messmer visits the ITS

Ullrich Messmer, representative of the Social Democratic Party in the German Bundestag, came to inform himself on the work done by the International Tracing Service (ITS) on 23 August 2011. He visited the archives’ premises and listened to explanations given on the digitisation of the collections, the treatment of requests and the setup of the research department. He also had talks with ITS-Director Jean-Luc Blondel. “The history of Nazi persecution must not fall into oblivion”, said Messmer. “I am sure that the generation of the grandchildren will stay interested.”

The member of the German Bundestag welcomed the suggestions made to shape the institution’s future that are under discussion right now. “To my mind, it is indispensable that research will play an important role“, said Messmer. “I have also heard with considerable interest that an educational concept has already been worked out.”

The Member of Parliament assured the ITS, that is situated in his constituency, of his support. “I am firmly convinced that the Federal Government must make available the funds needed for such work. In my view, this conviction is shared by the overwhelming majority of the members of the Bundestag regardless of party lines.” Everybody would be affected by the documents on Nazi persecution and the individual fates suffered at the time, stressed Messmer. “The staff is committed to the tasks although it is a far from easy job.”