When people were deported to concentration camps, their belongings were taken from them on arrival. The ITS is the only institution to preserve a collection of personal effects whose owners’ names are known. It strives to return these effects to the families of the victims of Nazi persecution.
“I left everything behind, my home, my toys and my friends”
Ralph and Phyllis Mollerick came to North Hesse to see the exhibition “Legalized robbery” and be made honorary citizens of the town of Wolfhagen.
Search for traces by the grandchildren
Tracking down his family history, Steve Stulman visited the ITS together with his three grown-up children.
Born in a Lebensborn home
Detleff Nordt going to see and tell a school class at Wilhelm Filchner school the story of the search for his own identity.
“Many of my classmates were deported directly to Auschwitz”
Zeev Beer and his son Äyal visited the ITS to look at persecution documents created during the NS reign.
“I bear the marks that all Holocaust survivors have to bear”
Holocaust survivor David Robert Sealtiel wants to use his visit to collect data on the relatives he lost to NS persecution.
“This journey has helped me to understand”
Lennart Spira visited the ITS in January 2012 to look in the archives for documents on his family’s fate in the archives.
In search of the father
The ITS could help Wolfgang Bewarder who was searching for his roots make contact with his half-brother in Poland.
“The shadow of past was always present”
Frieda Jacobowitz set out together with her husband Oscar Ramspek to search for any traces of life of her father.
Cousins, who survived the Holocaust, united after 70 years
The first cousins and Holocaust survivors meet again for the first time after 70 years.
“I always worried a lot”
Contemporary witness and author Vera Friedländer was provided with documents on 23 members of her family by the ITS.
Family research for the next generations
Gerd Löwenstein receiving documents from the ITS that add to his previous knowledge about his family
Reunion after 74 years
The Mayor of the town of Mannheim, Peter Kunz, accompanying Elfride Haas and Günter Ullmann during their meeting.
At the ITS, I read for the first time my father's name
BettyAnn Prewitt can look at her child file.
I received answers to some questions
Rabbi Leo Jechiel Brukner looking for documents on his relatives’ fate during a visit.
A Shoebox reveals the fate of the mother
The brothers Mark and Ron Ibbitson joining in an effort to search for information about their mother’s past.
Getting information and a photo of the half-sister
Horst Meyer receiving information about his half-sister
On the unknown grandfather’s track
Nahannee-Fé Gillet from Canada set out to search for her roots in the summer of 2012.
“If the family knows war, the children know war.”
Her research brought Moriarty to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen.
The family history was treated as secret
Richard Oppenheimer looking over the ITS documents searching for information about his parents.
Brothers reunited after decades
Family reunion after more than 60 years owing to a search for relatives made in the ITS archives
For the International Tracing Service (ITS), 2016 was a year of defining priorities and setting out towards our newly defined goals. Our main focus was on granting numerous users around the world easier access to information and the ITS documents – something we’ll continue to do in the years ahead. In the annual report – available online only from now on – you’ll find a summary of our achievements.