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Exhibition on the death marches opened

The International Tracing Service (ITS) opened an exhibition on the death marches from concentration camps yesterday evening in Bad Arolsen. "It is the conclusion of a two year research project on this subject," explained Dr Susanne Urban, Head of Research and Education at the ITS. "We have concentrated our knowledge into this exhibition. It gives an insight into the collection of documents, individual fates and the feelings of the survivors." The exhibition "The Death Marches in the Documents of the International Tracing Service (ITS)" can be seen until 15th March 2013.

The death marches are considered to be the last organised mass crime of National Socialist Germany. Fleeing from the advancing Allied troops, the SS, along with police forces and volunteers, drove thousands of prisoners into the heart of the country, and murdered them indiscriminately. "In the exhibition, our focus is on the tormented people who were driven on these marches. We want to remember them", says Urban. Overall, the exhibition includes seven banners and three reading folders. It has been designed as a touring exhibition which is also to be shown in other places afterwards.

The presented collections from the ITS archives include, for example, the Allies' programme for the identification of the dead, which was started in 1946. With the help of teh programme the hastily buried victims were to be given a name again. Three individual fates are also featured in the exhibition, including that of the German Sinto Karl Franz. He was murdered on a death march after being taken to the concentration camps Auschwitz and Buchenwald, and was buried as a nameless victim in a cemetery in Demeldorf in Bavaria. The exhibition also gives a vivid description of the experiences of the survivors, using quotes and accounts. During the exhibition in Bad Arolsen, a reading corner in the library and a PC for private research in the ITS database are also available.

 

Exhibition:

"The Death Marches in the Documents of the International Tracing Service (ITS)"
10th October 2012 until 15th March 2013
Mondays to Thursdays from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00
and Fridays from 9:00 to 12:00
International Tracing Service (ITS)
Building Große Allee 23/1st floor
34454 Bad Arolsen