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Day of the Archives - Insights into the archives for all interested parties on 8th March 2014

On Saturday, 8th March 2014, the International Tracing Service (ITS) will open its doors on Schlossstraße on the occasion of the Day of the Archives. This nationwide event has been organized for the seventh time by the association of German archivists “Verband deutscher Archivarinnen und Archivare (VdA)“. This time, archives are presented to the public under the general theme “Women - Men - Power”. The original documents and the Central Name Index in the archives of the ITS, including about 30 million documents altogether, were entered into the list «Memory of the World» of the UNESCO World Document Heritage in 2013.

The ITS will be open to the public
on Saturday, 8th March 2014,
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Schlossstraße 10
34454 Bad Arolsen

Visitors will be allowed to take a look at the digitization and storage of the roughly three million correspondence files that have been opened on the basis of the inquiries sent to the archives from 1946 until the present day. They include first testimonies of victims of the Nazi regime, the search for family members, as well as the documentation of incarceration and forced labor for compensation purposes.

The program includes:

  • Guided tours in the departments digitization and correspondence file storage
  • A look at the documents with ITS-Director Professor Rebecca Boehling with regard to the subject of “Families between persecution and survival“
  • Presentation of finding aids, of the data base OuS-Archives, as well as of examples of documents from the archives
  • Presentation of research and education
  • Reading corner with a selection of publications concerning women and children persecuted in the National Socialist period
  • Presentation of the processing of inquiries and of the tracing of family members
  • Information boards concerning digitization, indexing, conservation, archival description and usage of the documents

With the Day of the Archives, the professional association VdA hopes to increase the recognition of archives in the eyes of the public. As guardians of cultural heritage, archives play an essential part in researching the past and understanding the present. Their collective national role and responsibility are supposed to become an integral part of public awareness. Further information can be found on: www.tagderarchive.de.