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01/02/2017 | News „Every search is a new challenge”

The special task of searching for survivors and family members is undertaken by Margret Schlenke and her team of 15 employees. The head of the tracing section came to the ITS in 1970.

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12/19/2016 | News Demanding Remembrance

How has the culture of remembrance changed over the years? That is the topic of an interview with Gerd Kühling, a research associate at the House of the Wannsee Conference Memorial and Educational Site in Berlin, and Akim Jah, a research associate at the International Tracing Service (ITS). Together they edited the...

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12/15/2016 | News Job offer at the ITS

At the International Tracing Service, the position of personal assistant (m/f) to the director is to be filled as soon as possible. The position will initially have a duration of two years. We look forward to receiving your application!

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12/14/2016 | News The return of a policeman’s wallet

When the International Tracing Service (ITS) contacted them, the eighty-seven-year-old Johanna Aykens-Berens and her son Janwillem Aykens from Amstelveen in the Netherlands immediately got into their car. A wallet in the archive in Bad Arolsen had belonged to a member of their family whom the Nazis had deported to the...

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12/12/2016 | News Research for members of the family

Hans-Peter Klein can’t say how many times he’s been to the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive. Since the archive opened in 2007, he takes advantage of every opportunity to research the fates of victims of Nazi persecution. In addition to supporting and initiating commemorative projects such as the laying of...

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12/02/2016 | News “More than just names”

The Bernburg Memorial commemorates the mass murder of sick and disabled persons by the National Socialists. Ute Hoffmann has been its director since 1988. In early November, she spent four days carrying out research at the International Tracing Service (ITS). The Bernburg killing facility, located on the grounds of a...

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11/29/2016 | News “My grandchildren must know where they're from”

In November 2016, the American Patricia Donahue travelled to the ITS together with her sister and her cousin. They were looking for information about their grandparents who had been subjected to forced labour and about their grandparents’ six children. The past had never been discussed in their family.

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11/17/2016 | News A reply to a letter of farewell

Jean-Marie Vinclair knew nothing about his great-uncle Raymond Vinclair, who had been murdered by the National Socialists in July 1944. The family had kept the story a secret all those decades. It was a call from the historian Volker Issmer of Osnabrück that got the ball rolling. Now Jean-Marie Vinclair is shooting a...

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11/15/2016 | News ARSP volunteers wanted

As of 2017, the International Tracing Service (ITS) is a project partner of the International Volunteer Program in Germany of "Action Reconciliation Service for Peace" (ARSP). Currently, the International Program in Germany offers about 20 volunteer places. The volunteers come from various countries in Europe, from...

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11/10/2016 | News “Following these traces sparked the pupils‘ interest”

During this year’s school project week, the pupils of Christian-Rauch-Schule Bad Arolsen studied in some depth the life journeys of Displaced Persons (DPs) who, after the end of NS-rule, lived in Arolsen, Korbach and the Kassel area for a transitional period. For this purpose, they conducted research work for a week at...

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