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11/28/2017 | News 10th Anniversary of the Archive Opening

On November 28th 2007, the International Tracing Service (ITS) finally reopened its archive to researchers and visitors which had been closed to the general public for almost 25 years. The opening was the result of international protests coming from academia, politics and those persecuted by the Nazis who demanded...

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11/27/2017 | News Maps of burial sites online

Today, the International Tracing Service (ITS) published around 15,000 further documents from the "Death Marches" collection in its online archive. Cemetery plans as well as maps of and references to burial places have been added.

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11/20/2017 | News One life before the camp, another one after

“My father Hendrik didn‘t start talking about his imprisonment in Germany until after he retired. From that point on, he talked about it a lot.” When Aart Quak visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) with his son Dick in November 2017, he had various documents and photos with him.

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11/20/2017 | News Deported after Gestapo raid

Following a raid in the summer of 1944, the German security police deported Pierre Joseph Marie Louis Margerit first to the Compiègne prison and then to the Neuengamme concentration camp. There the notary was assigned to forced labor in the construction of submarine pens. He died in the Sandbostel camp in 1945, shortly...

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11/16/2017 | News "My uncle was very important to me"

It took Marcelle Boulhol completely by surprise when a member of the International Tracing Service (ITS) staff contacted her and told her about the personal belongings of her uncle in the archive. Until then, she had known next to nothing about his fate. She received the package with Antoine Brun’s watch and pen in...

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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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