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Updates and newly digitized documents for the ITS partners

In early November 2015 the International Tracing Service (ITS) sent out an updated version of its digitized archives to its seven partner institutions. With these copies of the documents from the ITS archives, the so-called “copyholders” of the ITS digital archive will have access to more of the unique documents of the ITS. These copyholding institutions are in those countries with member state representation on the International Commission, as agreed upon in 2007 by the International Commission, the ITS’s governing body.

With the 2015 transfer of data, some six million files are now available, primarily updated versions of previously available files. This includes, for example, the children’s files of the Child Search Branch from the early post-war years. This collection of files was indexed at the ITS in greater detail in order to facilitate more scholarly work. Furthermore, the ITS partners are receiving the updates with adjustments and supplements to the three collections that were placed online in early October as part of the newly launched Online-Archive of the ITS. New additions include the roughly 200,000 digitized correspondence files (T/D files) that have come about from the tracing and documentation work. These files contain correspondence between the ITS and administrative offices as well as victims of National Socialist persecution and their family members. The three million correspondence files constitute the final major digitization project of the ITS.

Each of the eleven member states represented in the International Commission is entitled to request a digital copy of the ITS-Bad Arolsen collections and to pass it this on to a national partner institution. The current seven copyholders are: the Archives de l'État en Belgique in Brussels, the French Archives Nationales in Pierrefitte-sur Seine, the Wiener Library in London, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the Centre de Documentation et de Recherche sur la Résistance in Luxemburg, the Instytut Pamięci Narodowej (IPN) in Warschau as well as the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington.