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Press Pictures

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The effects of father Engelmar

Shown: original documents on Father Engelmar, showing dates of birth and death as well as his watch and the two medals of his Order

The original documents preserved in the ITS on the fate of Father Engelmar and his watch and his medals of his Order, Photo: ITS

The original documents preserved in the ITS on the fate of Father Engelmar, his watch and his medals of his Order. 

Copyright: International Tracing Service (ITS)
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ITS Director: Floriane Hohenberg

The picture shows ITS Director Floriane Hohenberg

In January 2016, the social scientist and human rights expert Floriane Hohenberg took over the reins of the International Tracing Service (ITS).

In January 2016, the social scientist and human rights expert Floriane Hohenberg took over the reins of the International Tracing Service (ITS).

Copyright: International Tracing Service (ITS), photo: Uwe Zucchi
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Central Name Index

The picture offers a look into the Central Name Index

Consisting of 50 million reference cards on 17.5 million individuals, the Central Name Index is a paper memorial of the crimes the Nazis committed and their impact without parallel worldwide.

Consisting of 50 million reference cards on 17.5 million individuals, the Central Name Index is a paper memorial of the crimes the Nazis committed and their impact without parallel worldwide. Moreover the index is of cultural-historical value as testimony showing the search for missing Nazi victims to be both, a humanitarian task and continuing commitment from the post-1945 era to this day. The index was inscribed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World list in 2013.  

Copyright: International Tracing Service (ITS), photo: Andreas Greiner-Napp
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A Look into the Central Name Index

The picture offers a look into the Central Name Index

The Central Name Index is the key to the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) and has been the most relevant working tool for the search for traces over many decades.

The Central Name Index is the key to the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) and has been the most relevant working tool for the search for traces over many decades. Its structural principle is: for every name mentioned in a document filed in the archives an index card was created that shows the signature of the archived document.

Copyright: International Tracing Service (ITS), photo: Andreas Greiner-Napp
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The correspondence files

Shown: ITS staff member between the tall shelves of correspondence files with thousands of paper documents

Anna Meier-Osinski, Head of Tracing Investigations into Nazi Victims Branch, among the correspondence files of the International Tracing Service (ITS), Photo: Uwe Zucchi

Anna Meier-Osinski, Head of Tracing Investigations into Nazi Victims Branch, among the correspondence files of the ITS. About three million correspondence files are kept in the archives of the ITS containing the correspondence between the ITS and offices, survivors of Nazi persecution and their family members.

Copyright: International Tracing Service (ITS), Photo: Uwe Zucchi
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A Look into the Magazine

The picture offers a look into the magazine

The archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) comprises about 30 million documents from the Nazi and immediate post-war eras.

The archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) comprises about 30 million original documents from the Nazi and the immediate post-war eras, among them records from concentration camps, ghettos and Gestapo prisons, on forced labor and displacement, on the situation the survivors faced and on migration.

Copyright: International Tracing Service (ITS), photo: Andreas Greiner-Napp
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The Child Search Archives

The picture shows folders from the Child Search Archives

The Child Search Archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) preserves records on unaccompanied minor survivors.

The Child Search Archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) preserves records on unaccompanied minor survivors – one file per child/adolescent registered or reported as missing. They contain e.g. ITS correspondence with various institutions and offices aiming to locate any relatives still alive, or correspondence referring to repatriation or emigration.

Copyright: International Tracing Service (ITS), photo: Richard Ehrlich
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Prisoner Identification Card from the Buchenwald Concentration Camp

The picture shows a prisoner identification card from the Buchenwald Concentration Camp

Prisoner identification cards were blank forms the Nazi camp administrators used for the prisoner registration in the concentration camps.

Prisoner identification cards were blank forms the Nazi camp administrators used for the prisoner registration in the concentration camps. They were kept in the so-called “registry offices” of the concentration camps and showed a prisoner’s personal data, the reason for his/her incarceration and a physical description.

Copyright: International Tracing Service (ITS), photo: Andreas Greiner-Napp
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Cards of the Reich Association of Jews in Germany

The picture shows cards of the Reich Association of Jews in Germany

The card index of the Reich Association of Jews in Germany kept in the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) contains more than 32,000 references to Jewish men, women and children living in Germany after 1945.

The Reich Association of Jews in Germany was established by order of Hermann Göring in January 1939. Its card index kept in the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) contains more than 32,000 references to Jewish men, women and children living in Germany at that time.

Copyright: International Tracing Service (ITS), photo: Andreas Greiner-Napp
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The Collection “Card Index of the Reich Association of Jews in Germany”

The picture shows the collection “Card index of the Reich Assocation of Jews in Germany”

The collection “Card index of the Reich Association of Jews in Germany” kept in the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) is divided into four sub-collections: a card index on deceased, a card index on émigrés, a card index on non-Germans and a card index on Berlin schoolboys and schoolgirls.

The collection “card index of the Reich Association of Jews in Germany” kept in the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) is divided into four sub-collections: a card index on deceased, a card index on émigrés, a card index on non-Germans and a card index on Berlin schoolboys and schoolgirls.

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Personal Effects in the ITS Archives

The picture shows a wallet containing photos

The International Tracing Service (ITS) still keeps in its archives about 2,800 personal effects the owners of which are known by name.

Wallets containing photos, wedding rings, fashion jewelry, or documents: when prisoners to-be arrived at the concentration camps, theirs was what they had carried with them on being arrested. The International Tracing Service (ITS) still keeps in its archives about 2,800 personal effects the owners of which are known by name.

Copyright: International Tracing Service (ITS), photo: Andreas Greiner-Napp
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Look into the Collection on Displaced Persons (DP)

The picture shows the extract of a DP Identification Card

Around thirteen millions of Displaced Persons (DP) staying in Europe after 1945, the (DP) camps the Allies had established for them became way stations to emigration.

Around thirteen millions of Displaced Persons (DP) staying in Europe after 1945, the (DP) camps the Allies had established for them became way stations to emigration.

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Card of the International Refugee Organization

The picture shows a card of the International Refugee Organization

The documents kept in the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) provide a deep insight into the dimension of the crimes committed by the Nazis, into individual fates and into the situation survivors faced after the end of the Nazi regime.

The documents kept in the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) provide a deep insight into the dimension of the crimes committed by the Nazis, into individual fates and into the situation survivors faced after the end of the Nazi regime.

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Card from the Collection on Displaced Persons (DP) including a Photo

The picture shows a card from the collection on Displaced Persons (DP) including a photo

In a policy paper drafted on 18 November 1944, the Allies laid down how the survivors (to-be) of Nazi terror were to be treated, how they could be cared for and returned to their countries of origin, and coined for them the new term “Displaced Persons” (DP).

In a policy paper drafted on 18 November 1944, the Allies laid down how the survivors (to-be) of Nazi terror were to be treated, how they could be cared for and returned to their countries of origin, and coined for them the new term “Displaced Persons” (DP).

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Card from the collection on Displaced Persons (DP) including a Photo

The picture shows a card from the collection on Displaced Persons (DP) including a photo

In approximately 2,000 localities of Germany under Western Allied Military administration, DP facilities had been established, among them huge camps providing space for up to 3,000 persons.

In approximately 2,000 localities of Germany under Western Allied Military administration, DP facilities had been established, among them huge camps providing space for up to 3,000 persons. In these camps, the survivors of Nazi persecution, Holocaust and forced labor were supplied with initial shelter and food.

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Key Visual of the Exhibition “Where should we have gone after the liberation”

The picture shows the key visual of the exhibition “Where ought we to go after liberation?”

Key Visual of the exhibition “Where ought we to go after liberation?”. The International Tracing Service (ITS) planned and organized this exhibition to highlight the fate suffered by the survivors of Nazi persecution, Holocaust and forced labor the Allies called “Displaced Persons” (DP).

Key Visual of the exhibition “Where should we have gone after the liberation”. The International Tracing Service (ITS) planned and organized this exhibition to highlight the fate suffered by the survivors of Nazi persecution, Holocaust and forced labor the Allies called “Displaced Persons” (DP).

Copyright: International Tracing Service (ITS), graphics: conceptdesign, Günter Illner
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ITS Main Building

The picture shows the ITS main building

The main building of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen built in 1952.

The main building of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen built in 1952.

Copyright: International Tracing Service (ITS), photo: Andreas Greiner-Napp
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