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06/20/2017 | News World Refugee Day

There are presently some 65.6 million refugees worldwide. The majority of them have fled from violent conflicts, wars, or serious violations of human rights. More than half are children. Only around six percent of all refugees are in Europe – most live in the Middle East and Africa, often in neighboring countries and...

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06/08/2017 | News “It’s good to know more.”

On 7 February 1950, the Fair Sea left the port of Naples, Italy for Australia. Anton Suschinsky was one of those on board. The thirty-five-year-old was heading for a new life. Sixty-seven years later, his children set out to establish their father’s origins and look for traces of him in Europe.

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06/07/2017 | News Holocaust Documents Online

Archives around the world are putting collections online and gaining experience with digital usage. Through the EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure) network, trailblazers in this development are meeting in Bucharest this week to present their projects.

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05/31/2017 | News The ITS archive moves to interim storage

Some 16,000 meters of documents, 244 tons of weight, 12 staff members and 2,675 hours of work – the International Tracing Service’s (ITS) world documentary heritage is moving. As of 2013 the original documents in the ITS archives are included on the UNESCO “Memory of the World” registry. Since May 8, 2017, skilled...

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05/30/2017 | News Learning from Biographies

What value do documents on victims of Nazi persecution hold for archive education? This question was the focus of the 31st archive educators’ conference with some sixty participants from archives and memorials in Germany and Switzerland. Taking place at the International Tracing Service (ITS) for the first time in late...

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05/24/2017 | News „I can feel the commitment“

On May 19, 2017 Karen Franklin, Director of Family Research at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York, updated herself about the processing of inquiries and the status of digitization at the International Tracing Service(ITS). It was her first visit to Bad Arolsen. "I can feel an impressive commitment to easing access to...

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05/18/2017 | News “The fates were very different”

Travelling circus people during the National Socialist era are the focus of an interdisciplinary European research project. Project director Malte Gasche of the Centre for Nordic Studies at the University of Helsinki describes the background and aims of the research and the project’s use of various events to reach the...

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05/15/2017 | News A Partisan Betrayed

Gustave Oeyen, a member of the resistance, survived the hardships of imprisonment in the Neuengamme concentration camp. The fact that some of his personal belongings have been preserved as effects came as a complete surprise to his son. Jean-Marie Oeyen recently visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) to claim...

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05/08/2017 | News “The documents are memory.”

It was commemoration and recognition that brought the one-time prisoner of war and concentration camp inmate Alexandr Afanasjew to Germany shortly before May 9, the day marking Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany. The ninety-four-year-old came to the International Tracing Service (ITS) with his daughter and...

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05/03/2017 | News Maritime catastrophe before the end of the war

On 3rd May 1945 more than 6,000 concentration-camp prisoners died during the bombardment of the ships “Cap Arcona” and “Thielbek” in the Bay of Lübeck. The International Tracing Service (ITS) holds documentation on the identification of those who died from the maritime catastrophe as well as documents relating to the...

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