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11/14/2017 | News New opportunities through digital humanities

“We hope that by the end of this workshop, we might develop another joint digital humanities project that will use the latest research methodologies to make the historical information in the ITS digital archive available to more people.” Christine Schmidt, Deputy Director and Head of Research at the Wiener Library,...

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11/13/2017 | News Stolperstein plaque for Karolina Cohn

In the beginning there was a charm with a birth date found by archaeologist Yoram Haimi and his Polish colleagues in 2006 in the grounds of the former Sobibor extermination camp. Yad Vashem announced the discovery, leading several historians and TAZ journalist Klaus Hillenbrand to carry out research and discover to...

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11/03/2017 | News Interview with the Chair of the IC

The International Tracing Service (ITS) spoke to Pieter Jan Wolthers, a former ambassador of the Netherlands to Romania and Ukraine who is serving as the chairman of the International Commission (IC) for the second time. The ITS spoke with Wolthers regarding the role of the IC, the future of the ITS, and what role the...

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10/24/2017 | News “No one has ever worked with them before”

The Greek historians Stratos Dordanas and Vaios Kalogrias visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) together to research Nazi concentration camps in Greece. They found a lot of material they were not expecting.

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10/19/2017 | News ITS and USHMM carry out joint workshop for researchers

Over a period of three days, fifteen researchers from Germany and Austria acquainted themselves with the ITS archive. The students and doctoral candidates will use the results of their research for their master's and doctor’s theses. The workshop, which took place from October 10 to 12, 2017, was organized by the...

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10/17/2017 | News Survival in banishment

Shoshana Berman survived two dictators: Hitler and Stalin. Now the 83-year-old Israeli would like to record her life story in an autobiography and is therefore carrying out research in several archives. When she visited the Documenta art exhibition in Kassel recently, she took advantage of the opportunity to stop by at...

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09/28/2017 | News “He became a real person”

Originally, Titia Vuyk had merely asked for information about her grandfather Jan Hendrik Olivier Bosdriesz and his persecution during the Nazi period. It was more than mere information, however, that came to light in the archive of the International Tracing Service (ITS). As it turned out, there were also objects once...

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09/15/2017 | News The Murder of August Dickmann

On September 15, 1939, the Nazi regime executed a conscientious objector for the first time. The SS shot 29-year-old August Dickmann, a Jehovah’s Witness who was imprisoned in Sachsenhausen. Dickmann had refused to sign his military service record on religious grounds. As the result, the Nazis held the first public...

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09/13/2017 | News Escape from Prague

Dascha Sekeris-Abelman would like to tell the story of her mother, the Holocaust survivor Markéta Ledererová. Her search for clues has meanwhile led the Dutchwoman to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, accompanied by her daughter Jindra Bausewein-Sekeris, her niece Françoise de Gooijer-van Aalsburg...

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09/02/2017 | News Return of personal belongings in cooperation with Stutthof Memorial

On 2 September 1939, just one day after the invasion of Poland and the outbreak of World War II, the Nazis erected the Stutthof concentration camp, 21 miles east of Gdansk. 78 years later, the International Tracing Service (ITS) was now able to hand over the personal belongings of a former prisoner to his family. The...

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