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Cooperation with the Educational Centre of the Fritz Bauer Institute and the Anne Frank Educational Centre in Frankfurt am Main

Registrations of Displaced Persons after the end of the Second World War.

The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, the Educational Centre of the Fritz Bauer Institute and the Jewish Museum Frankfurt, and the Anne Frank Educational Centre in Frankfurt are working together on the development of the exhibition 'Life in Transit - Trauma and New Beginnings. Survivors of Nazi Persecution'. According to Dr Susanne Urban, Head of research and education at the ITS, "the exhibition will portray the lives of survivors in the aftermath of Nazi persecution, the Holocaust and forced labour."

The travelling exhibition will be launched at the Anne Frank Educational Centre in September 2014 and will be shown in at least seven other venues. The Western Allies defined as 'Displaced Persons' those survivors who had been persecuted and deported from their home countries by Nazi Germany. It affected up to ten million people at the end of the Second World War.

"The subject of 'Displaced Persons' offers new approaches for educational projects, and so far the public has remained largely unaware of this issue", said Meron Mendel, director of the Anne Frank Educational Centre. "We are therefore very pleased that the exhibition of the International Tracing Service will be launched by us". As the exhibition will open in Frankfurt am Main, the ITS anticipates a high turn out in visitor numbers.

Together with the Educational Centre of the Fritz Bauer Institute, the ITS intends to produce four educational booklets to complement the exhibition. "We want to include issues such as child survivors or overseas emigration", Urban explains. A brochure and extensive supporting materials including presentations, film screenings and educational programmes will supplement the exhibition sponsored by the foundation "Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft" (EVZ).

The ITS, the Educational Centre of the Fritz Bauer Institute and the Anne Franck Educational Centre will continue to cooperate in developing teaching resources and offering educational courses. An educational project on "Anitsemitism in migrant societies", and a pedagogical brochure on "Deportations" are planned. "Networking with partner organisations is important to us, particularly in view of professional exchanges and common goals", Urban pointed out.

The 'Educational Centre'

The Educational Centre of the Fritz Bauer Institute and the Jewish Museum Frankfurt integrates aspects of Jewish history and presence as well as the history and post-history of the Holocaust. Its central concern is to look at Jewish life and people not only in terms of Holocaust and Antisemitism. Information about its programmes can be found on www.pz-ffm.de

The Anne Frank Educational Centre

The Anne Frank Educational Centre in Frankfurt is a place that offers young people and adults to confront and deal with the history of Nazism and its numerous links with the presence. The biography and the diaries of Anne Frank constitute the basis and point of reference of the centre. For further information go to www.jbs-anne-frank.de/englisch