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11/28/2018 | News Violence Against Women

A circular of January 20, 1944 sent out by the Nazi party’s “Central Office of People’s Welfare” provides an inkling of the inconceivable suffering to which the National Socialists subjected women forced laborers and their children. The subject: the treatment of pregnant foreign women workers and their children.

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11/23/2018 | News Personal Stories and Big Data

At the EHRI workshop “Person-Related Records Beyond the Personal,” which took place at the ITS in Bad Arolsen on November 19 and 20, 2018, sixteen historians and archivists from eleven countries discussed the opportunities offered by—and limitations to–the evaluation of personal documents in research on the Holocaust.

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11/20/2018 | News Evidence for the Nuremberg War Criminals Trial

Already within days of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp, photographers of the U.S. Army Signal Corps began documenting the conditions there. A few months later, twenty-eight of the photographs they had taken between April 21 and 24, 1945 served as evidence (“Exhibit B-1”) in the Nuremberg Major War...

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11/09/2018 | News Local Research on the November Pogroms

Who were the Jewish neighbours who fell victim to the pogroms in early November 1938? Who joined in the looting? Who stood by and watched? And how does my community deal with that historical event now? Local history is important for understanding how National Socialism was able to spread in Germany. Today, in an age...

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11/08/2018 | News More Than Two Million ITS Documents Online

Bad Arolsen, November 8, 2018: The online archive of the International Tracing Service (ITS) continues to grow. With the 900,000 post-war records published today, more than two million documents are now available online. The portal is equipped with a name search function.

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11/07/2018 | News Emergency Response Training at the ITS

“No matter how good the safety precautions are, you can never entirely rule out an accident in an archive. So it’s all the more important that we do everything in our power to prepare for a possible emergency,” explains Christian Groh, the head of the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive. In order to be able to...

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11/05/2018 | News Sentenced to death

It was a strange heirloom that the cousins Martijn and Robert de Jongste of Holland received at the end of October 2018: a stained brown envelope addressed to the administration of the Ebrach Prison. It had been sent by the Staatliche Luitpold-Krankenhaus—that is, a hospital—in Würzburg. According to a note on the...

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11/02/2018 | News job advertisement: Translator

To reinforce our PR team, we are looking for a Translator (m/f). English on the native-language level and German as first foreign language at the earliest possible date.

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10/24/2018 | News Giving History a Face

The history teacher Daniel Fröhlich actually just wanted to know something about his grandmother’s name. Then he learned from the ITS that his great-great-uncle and great-great-aunt had perished in concentration camps. And to his surprise, he received photos of his great-great-uncle’s last remaining possessions, which...

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10/12/2018 | News The 200th Return: Daughter Receives Jewelry

Wanda Jaroszyńska remembers her mother Wiesława Brzyś as a stylish woman who attached importance to looking elegant. Wiesława rarely talked about her time in various concentration camps. Now Wanda has received the personal belongings the Nazis took from her mother in the concentration camp: pieces of jewelry such as a...

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