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New faces at the ITS in Bad Arolsen

The International Tracing Service (ITS) has recently received the support of four new academic staff who are working in the areas of research, archive and administration: Michael Schmid, René Bienert, Ina Schulz and Tamara Kiefer are the new faces at the ITS. Michael Schmid is the new head of administration and René Bienert works as a historian in the area of research. In their role of archivists Ina Schulz and Tamara Kiefer contribute to the archival description of the documents.

Due to its expansion in the areas of archival description, research and education, the ITS has experienced a notable increase in the demand for academic staff. The temporary two-year contracts for the former three academics employed by the ITS ended last year, and despite intense efforts the positions were not made permanent.

The three academics René Bienert, Ina Schulz and Tamara Kiefer, were offered one-year contracts. Bienert (32) studied ethnology, cultural history and sociology at the University of Jena. A native of Erfurt, he worked at the Weimar town museum and was involved in several projects at the Buchenwald memorial. "The possibilities to work as a researcher with the unique documents at the ITS and to communicate the findings to younger generations is a great combination", Bienert pointed out.

Ina Schulz (26) and Tamara Kiefer (38) support the cataloguing section, where they work on archival descriptions of the inventory in accordance with scientific criteria. Schulz studied history and political science at the University of Trier. The historian has written her MA thesis on the "The Life and Survival of Jewish Children in Nazi Concentration Camps" and has completed a three-monthly internship at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. She currently works on the description of the inventory of the Child Tracing Service at the ITS.

After completing her degree in history and German philology, archivist and historian Tamara Kiefer studied archival studies at the University of Potsdam. The Austrian is involved in cataloguing the files of the Secret State Police (Geheime Staatspolizei) of the NS regime according to the provenance of documents. "The work of the ITS in the area of digitalisation is fairly advanced. The archival description of the virtual inventory is an interesting task", she says.

Michael Schmid is the only one employed on a permanent basis because he was appointed to an already established position. The 50-year-old economist studied business management at the Free University Berlin. For over eleven years he held a leading position in university and research administration.