The Fact Sheet of the ITS
How many documents are kept in the ITS archive?
Who asks the ITS?
From which countries do the inquiries come?
Which informations do the inquirers receive from the ITS?
About the ITS
The International Tracing Service (ITS) is an archive and a center for documenting National Socialist persecution and the liberated survivors. Out of the more than 30 million original documents, former victims of Nazism and their families receive information regarding their incarceration, forced labor, and postwar allied assistance. The documents in the ITS archives provide the basis for research and education. In continuing to fulfill these responsibilities, the ITS is part of an international cooperation with memorial sites, archives and research institutes.
The ITS commemorates and memorializes the victims of the Holocaust and other Nazi crimes. As of 2013 the original documents in the ITS archives are included on the UNESCO "Memory of the World" Registry.
The ITS is governed by representatives from 11 member states: Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom, USA. The German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media funds the ITS. The German Federal Archives is the institutional partner of the ITS.
Specially chosen collections are accessible in the Online Archive: digitalcollections.its-arolsen.org