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09/05/2016 | News Unexpected find about the family history

The original intention US American John Bendetson had in visiting the archive of the International Tracing Service (ITS) was to do some research for friends and acquaintances. But then pieces of his own personal family history emerged unexpectedly, and much to his surprise he found himself holding a copy of his birth...

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09/02/2016 | News Exhibit Opening in Darmstadt

The ITS exhibit "‘Where should we have gone after the liberation?‘ Transit Stations - Displaced Persons after 1945“ was opened in the Hessian State Archives in Darmstadt. This is now the sixth station of the exhibit that will be on display there until 24 October 2016. The exhibit is dedicated to the fates of the more...

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08/31/2016 | News Transnational perspective on forced labor

Forced labor in the historical context and from a transnational perspective: in August 2016 young educators from Germany and South Korea met at the Nazi Forced Labor Documentation Center in Berlin to discuss this topic. Akim Jah, Research Associate in the Pedagogy and Education Branch of the International Tracing...

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08/29/2016 | News ‟A Social History of the Holocaust”

Dan Stone, Professor of Modern History at Royal Holloway University of London, spent four weeks in the archive of the ITS researching for his project ‟Tracing the Holocaust”. For this project the scholar has been using the digital copy of the ITS archive accessible at the Wiener Library in London. At the ITS in Bad...

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08/25/2016 | News Survivors in the DP-Camp Bergen-Belsen

In the summer of 1945 two Displaced Persons Camps (DP camps) were established near the liberated Concentration Camp Bergen-Belsen: one for Jewish survivors, one for Polish. Lists and registration cards preserved in the archive of the ITS document the names of individuals, some of whom kept waiting in the camp for their...

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08/18/2016 | News “I have finally found the time“

A folder containing letters, photos and family documents was Franziska Gerstmeier’s motivation to retrace the fate of the family of her deceased husband, Gad Klein. His Jewish grandparents, three aunts and an uncle were murdered or had died in concentration camps. Two children in the Klein family had managed to escape....

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08/02/2016 | News “The Archive is our Conscience”

Paul Dostert, historian and longstanding director of the Centre de Documentation et de Recherche sur la Résistance/CDRR) in Luxembourg, paid a two-day visit to the International Tracing Service (ITS) late in July 2016. Last month Dostert had assumed chairmanship of the International Commission that sets down the...

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08/01/2016 | News Her father’s family

Véronique Dubois seldom saw her father Walter Stern. She knew next to nothing about his past and his family. After sending an inquiry to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in 2011, she received extensive information about her paternal relatives. As Jewish Germans many of them had been deported and murdered. Now...

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07/13/2016 | News Empathy for the fates of victims and refugees

“In addition to fulfilling its tasks of keeping the memory alive, the ITS would also like to make a contribution for today’s society“, said the Director of the International Tracing Service (ITS) Floriane Hohenberg at the public lecture “The refugee crisis and human rights in terms of my work for OSCE and the ITS”.

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07/12/2016 | Press Releases Publication on the deportation of Jews

“Die Deportation der Juden aus Deutschland und ihre verdrängte Geschichte nach 1945” (The deportation of Jews from Germany and their suppressed history after 1945) is the subject of a new scholarly publication from the International Tracing Service (ITS).

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