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07/11/2016 | News ‟I never saw my parents or my sister again.”

Dagmar Lieblová was the only one in her family to survive the Theresienstadt ghetto and Auschwitz Concentration Camp. This past weekend she spoke about her fate to some 60 guests in the synagogue in Vöhl and read from her book „Jemand hat sich verschrieben – und so habe ich überlebt“.

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07/04/2016 | News Mourning Elie Wiesel

Last Saturday, Elie Wiesel passed away at the age of 87. The Holocaust survivor and writer was regarded as a significant voice of remembrance for the victims of the Shoah. Wiesel had survived the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps and, to the end of his days, was a committed activist in confronting racism and...

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06/30/2016 | News Retracing her parents’ path

Lorraine Willson travelled from Australia to Poland and Germany with her husband David with a view to retrace the path of her parents’ lives. While visiting the International Tracing Service (ITS) she received documentation about the time her parents spent as Displaced Persons (DPs) and the steps they took as DPs in...

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06/29/2016 | News ITS 2015 Annual Report online

New ways to access the documents in the ITS archive, an increase in the number of inquiries and interesting projects showing the different avenues of research: The Annual Report 2015 provides a look at the work of the ITS and is now available online at the ITS website.

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06/27/2016 | News Web-documentary ‟Im Märkischen Sand”

The interactive web-documentary “Im Märkischen Sand” (In the sand of the Mark) commemorates the April 1945 massacre of 127 Italian forced laborers in Treuenbrietzen . As part of a photo series within the project, documentation from the archive of the International Tracing Service (ITS) illustrates the NS bureaucracy of...

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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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