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06/22/2016 | News Assault on the Soviet Union 75 years ago

75 years ago today, on 22 June 1941, the German Reich began its assault on the Soviet Union. Right from the start the military campaign was planned to be a ‟race-biological” war of annihilation. The goal was the economic exploitation of the population and the region, the conquest of ‟living space”, and the systematic...

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06/20/2016 | News June 20: Today is World Refugee Day

Some 65 million individuals worldwide are refugees, the highest number ever recorded by the UN Refugees Agency. Most of these refugees are trying to escape war and violence – more than 50 percent of them are children. Only a few of those seeking refuge come to Europe: in 2015 approx. 1.3 million people applied for...

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06/15/2016 | News Focus of Research: Children as Displaced Persons

Societal and personal repercussions of the Shoah and of Nazi forced labor were the focus of the workshop “Life in the Aftermath –Displaced Persons, Displaced Children and Child Survivors on the move. New approaches in education and research”, a joint event organized by the International Tracing Service (ITS) and the...

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06/14/2016 | News An inspiring guest: Esther Bejarano

Esther Bejarano survived Auschwitz, Ravensbrück, and a death march. In Auschwitz she played accordion in the all-girl orchestra. For a number of years now the 91-year-old musician and political artist has been performing gigs with her son and the hip-hop band “Microphone Mafia“. Her message: stand up against hate and...

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06/10/2016 | Press Releases A thousand kilometers for his mother’s ring

His mother survived forced labor and the Nazi concentration camps, eventually emigrating to Sweden. She kept her experiences to herself. Her son is now researching her past and, at the ITS, an Archive and Documentation Center on Nazi persecution, he has found his mother’s golden ring.

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06/09/2016 | News For the Dead of Mauthausen Concentration Camp

With a three-volume commemorative book and the virtual “Room of Names“ the Mauthausen Memorial is setting a monument to all those known by name who died in the Concentration Camp Mauthausen and its sub-camps. Transport lists from the ITS archive served as one of the information sources for this book.

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06/07/2016 | Press Releases Father Unzeitig’s religious medals

Father Engelmar Unzeitig died from typhus in March 1945 in Dachau Concentration Camp after he had been caring for other prisoners who had fallen ill. Last Wednesday the International Tracing Service (ITS) was able to return the Father’s pocket watch and two of his religious medals to two Brothers of his Order.

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06/02/2016 | News The Holocaust in Serbia

Newly found documents in the Historical Archives of Belgrade provided the impetus for an international project about murdered Jewish women and children in Sajmišt Concentration Camp. As an expert on the topic of learning and teaching about the Holocaust, Akim Jah presented the archival-pedagogical work of the ITS.

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05/25/2016 | News IHRA Meeting in Bucharest

200 participants from some 40 countries met from 23-26 May 2016 to discuss the Holocaust as a contemporary political issue. Representing the ITS, Director Floriane Hohenberg took part in this meeting of the IHRA.

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05/19/2016 | News “I’ve wanted to learn more about him”

Because she wanted to learn more about her family history, Wendy van Eijnatten, from the Netherlands, sent an inquiry to the International Tracing Service (ITS). In April 2016 she travelled to Bad Arolsen, as she was interested in seeing the documents about her uncle Jan (Johannes Franciscus Maria) van Boeckel....

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