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US Envoys at ITS

Christian Kennedy, Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues at the U.S. Department of State and member of the International Commission, and Doria Rosen, Deputy Principal Officer at the United States Consulate General in Frankfurt, visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) to get an update on current progress. The International Commission monitors the work done at the ITS. Ten other countries comprise the Commission along with the United States.  

Both envoys were particularly interested in the digitization, restoration and preservation of the documents and making them available for research and academic projects.  “It was fascinating,” said Rosen, who visited Bad Arolsen for the first time. “One day was not enough to comprehend the magnitude of the archive. It was just scratching the surface.” 

Kennedy, who is involved in the International Commission´s debate over the ITS´s future, was satisfied with the progress made since the opening of the archive in November 2007.  “Researchers are an important new user group.  It is a valuable gain that the history of National Socialism can now also be transmitted to future generations using ITS documentation,” according to the ambassador.  He welcomed the archive´s international cooperation, openness of its employees and the now reliable service for Holocaust survivors.  “They are now receiving all information.  This is very important as it gives them some peace in their golden years.”