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General inventory published

The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen published a general inventory on its website today. It catalogues the archival collections and provides for the very first time detailed information about the scope of the different sub-fonds. In addition, it offers short explanations about the type, background and origin of some of the documents. "The publication of the general inventory represents a further step towards more transparency. We want to improve access to our archival collections", said Professor Rebecca Boehling, Director of the ITS.

The ITS archives keep around 30 million documents about incarceration in concentration camps, ghettos and Gestapo prisons, about forced labour and displaced persons. Interested parties can gain an initial overview of the archival collections with the help of the general inventory. The inventory is available in three languages: German, English and French.

In terms of its structure, the general inventory is based on the digital database 'OuS Archive' used by the ITS in Bad Arolsen and is displayed as a navigable tree. An explanation for ITS-specific titles or terms is provided in a glossary. References are made to existing ITS online finding aids.

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