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03/08/2017 | Press Releases New deputy director for the ITS

Steffen Baumheier has been the deputy director of the International Tracing Service (ITS) since March 1, 2017. The qualified business administration expert previously served as human resources director in internationally operating corporations. In Bad Arolsen, his aim is to help the ITS set the course for its...

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03/06/2017 | News 50 Years for the ITS

Maria Melina Scaffidi began working for the International Tracing Service (ITS) in March 1967. She was fifteen years old at the time, and had come to Northern Hesse from Milazzo in Sicily. She started out as a typist and later served for more than twenty years as the secretary of the Italian liaison mission at the ITS....

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02/20/2017 | News “It makes a difference”

The filmmaker Matthew Steinhart is the grandson of Jewish emigrants who fled from the Nazis. In early February 2017, he came to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen to shoot footage for his film on the fate of his family during the Nazi period. “I want to put special emphasis on the traces and...

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02/16/2017 | News Workshops on how to use the ITS database

For five days, representatives from various institutions that work with the digital database of the International Tracing Service (ITS) conferred in two joint workshops in Bad Arolsen. The meetings take place regularly and serve the exchange of information and the improvement of access to the documents in the ITS...

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02/09/2017 | News CfP: Online Access of Holocaust Documents

The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) project invites you to an international workshop on Online Access of Holocaust Documents: Ethical and Practical Challenges to be held by the ”Elie Wiesel” National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania, Bucharest, on 29-31 May 2017.

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01/31/2017 | News “The topic has stayed with me”

On the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January, the opera singer, filmmaker and bestselling author "Selcuk Cara" visited the International Tracing Service (ITS). In his short film My Last Concert, he tells the story of a Jewish pianist remembering her childhood during the Holocaust. In the interview, Selcuk...

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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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