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01/30/2017 | News “Remembering the victims”

The Dutchman Erik Dijkstra helps find relatives of concentration camp victims so as to return personal belongings kept in the ITS archive. In the interview he talks about what motivates him to carry out the extensive research and how he goes about looking for family members. His starting point is the ITS online...

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01/27/2017 | News International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On January 27, 1945, Soviet soldiers liberated the last remaining survivors in the Auschwitz concentration camp – some 7,000 sick and dying inmates. At least 1.3 million women, men and children, the majority of them Jewish, had been murdered in the Auschwitz camp complex. In 2005, the United Nations declared January 27...

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01/25/2017 | Press Releases ITS records high inquiry numbers

In 2016, the International Tracing Service (ITS) received 15,635 inquiries. This further slight increase shows that interest in the fates of Nazi persecution victims is as strong as ever – even though more than seventy years have passed since the end of World War II.

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01/09/2017 | Press Releases General inventory online

The International Tracing Service (ITS) has published its complete inventory on the internet. The inventory offers an overview of the ITS’s archival holdings, which comprise some 30 million documents on National Socialist persecution and forced labour as well as the fates of the survivors. The archive’s original...

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01/02/2017 | News „Every search is a new challenge”

The special task of searching for survivors and family members is undertaken by Margret Schlenke and her team of 15 employees. The head of the tracing section came to the ITS in 1970.

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12/19/2016 | News Demanding Remembrance

How has the culture of remembrance changed over the years? That is the topic of an interview with Gerd Kühling, a research associate at the House of the Wannsee Conference Memorial and Educational Site in Berlin, and Akim Jah, a research associate at the International Tracing Service (ITS). Together they edited the...

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12/15/2016 | News Job offer at the ITS

At the International Tracing Service, the position of personal assistant (m/f) to the director is to be filled as soon as possible. The position will initially have a duration of two years. We look forward to receiving your application!

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12/14/2016 | News The return of a policeman’s wallet

When the International Tracing Service (ITS) contacted them, the eighty-seven-year-old Johanna Aykens-Berens and her son Janwillem Aykens from Amstelveen in the Netherlands immediately got into their car. A wallet in the archive in Bad Arolsen had belonged to a member of their family whom the Nazis had deported to the...

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12/12/2016 | News Research for members of the family

Hans-Peter Klein can’t say how many times he’s been to the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive. Since the archive opened in 2007, he takes advantage of every opportunity to research the fates of victims of Nazi persecution. In addition to supporting and initiating commemorative projects such as the laying of...

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12/02/2016 | News “More than just names”

The Bernburg Memorial commemorates the mass murder of sick and disabled persons by the National Socialists. Ute Hoffmann has been its director since 1988. In early November, she spent four days carrying out research at the International Tracing Service (ITS). The Bernburg killing facility, located on the grounds of a...

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