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04/13/2018 | News “My father was already dead when he was still alive”

Werner Hansch is a legend among sports commentators and known as the “voice of the Ruhr Valley.” He has a special connection to the International Tracing Service (ITS). In 2014, he learned by chance that the ITS archive might have information about his father’s persecution in its holdings.

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04/01/2018 | News Call for Papers: International Conference

In the autumn of 1948, search bureaus of various European states accepted an invitation from the recently established International Tracing Service (ITS) and came together, for the first time, in Arolsen, North Hesse, Germany. On the occasion of the anniversary of this event, the ITS will host an international academic...

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03/29/2018 | News ITS Library Catalogue now online

The library catalog of the International Tracing Service (ITS) is now available in a new online version. Researchers and visitors can get information in advance about the library's holdings and better prepare their research stays at the ITS. The catalogue was so far only available on site.

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03/28/2018 | News “A part of the person comes back home again”

Annelies Sijtsma-Hoezen is one of the volunteers helping the ITS in the search for the rightful owners of personal belongings of concentration camp inmates. She started researching right after the ITS published the photos and names on its online archive in 2015. She’s meanwhile found about thirty families.

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03/23/2018 | News A Lifetime Hope

“My late father cherished the hope that my mother and I would keep his brother’s memory alive,” Nathalie Devroey told us when she came to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in early 2018 to look at original documents pertaining to her uncle Charles Devroey’s fate. She had brought an extensive and very impressive...

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03/12/2018 | News “I have to search name by name”

Thomas Porena, who is earning a doctorate in Southeast European History at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, conducted research at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen for a project on double deportees. In this interview he talks about the difficulties of the research and the important finds in the ITS...

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03/08/2018 | News Women under Nazi Persecution

From the treatment of pregnant forced labourers to women forced into prostitution in concentration camps: the first issue of a new online series of publications based on documents from the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive, is dedicated to particular forms of exploitation and persecution of women by the...

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03/01/2018 | News “Keeping the memory alive”

Saida Kikhlyarova from Azerbaijan is twenty-six years old and the first volunteer to come to the International Tracing Service (ITS) through Action Reconciliation: Service for Peace (ARSP). In Azerbaijan she studied foreign language education. Thanks to the six languages she speaks and her strong dedication, she was...

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02/21/2018 | News “The ITS is a perfect place for research”

Argentinean victims of the Holocaust are the research topic of Marcia Ras, PhD candidate at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. As an EHRI fellow, she spent a few weeks in Bad Arolsen at the ITS in January and February 2018. In an interview she told us about her research and her findings.

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02/14/2018 | News “There’s still a lot I don’t know”

To obtain further information about his grandfather’s fate, Marco Moisello and his wife set out from Italy at the end of January 2018 to visit the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. The National Socialists had arrested Francesco Moisello in his native Genoa in 1944. He never came home again.

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