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Yearbook 2015: Research from the ITS-Archive

The fourth scholarly yearbook of the International Tracing Service (ITS) has been published under the title „Freilegungen – Spiegelungen der NS-Verfolgung und ihrer Konsequenzen“ („Uncovered – A Sampling of Early Research Results from ITS Archival Holdings Mirroring NS-Persecution and its Consequences”). At the center of the book are current research results that arose from the basis of documents from the ITS archives – either in Bad Arolsen or at the seven other copyholders of the digital archives. In 2007 the decision was made to allow access of the holdings to the interested public and for international research. Since then, researchers using the ITS documents have gained new insights – on Holocaust research, forced labor, Displaced Persons or questions of gender, for example.

How are the fates of the victims and survivors of the NS-Regime reflected in the documents? The main part of the yearbook titled “Freilegungen” (“Uncovered”) is based on twelve selected lectures in the English language from a joint conference with the ITS held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington in May 2014. The focus is on topics and research approaches that illustrate by way of the ITS documents the identities of the individual persecuted persons. „There are numerous aspects of persecution of which so much is still unknown”, says Professor Dr. Rebecca Boehling, Director of the ITS since 2013 and one of the editors of the book. “The current yearbook provides an impression of what new questions and perspectives the ITS holdings can offer to researchers”.

Laying Open Unknown Aspects of History

One of the thematic focal points of the twelve contributions written in English in the first part are the lesser known aspects of forced labor and slavery, in particular the final months before the liberation. A few of the essays are devoted to gender-specific aspects of exploitation – for example, the forced prostitution in the concentration camps and the forced labor of girls and women. Other essays in the volume focus on the experiences of the partially stateless Displaced Persons (DPs). Many DPs could not or did not want to return to their home countries. Information on their fates is provided in the numerous documents of the archives.

ITS Traditions in Education Projects

The second part of the 2015 yearbook offers insights into the daily educational work of the ITS. In recent years the ITS has worked together with numerous educational institutions, associations and action groups, among them the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, the Max Mannheimer Study Center in Dachau and the Hessian Consulting Network. What form the cooperation takes, and what value the ITS has for the historical-political educational projects is illustrated by the essays under the heading „Erkenntnisse“ (“Insights”).

The yearbook „Freilegungen: Spiegelungen der NS-Verfolgung und ihrer Konsequenzen“ („Uncovered – A Sampling of Early Research Results from ITS Archival Holdings Mirroring NS-Persecution and its Consequences”) is published by Wallstein Verlag Göttingen. With the series of yearbooks begun in 2012 the ITS aims to contribute to the academic and interdisciplinary debate on NS-persecution. The yearbook series is also intended as a reflection of the further development of the ITS in becoming an international center for documentation, information and research.

The book is now available:

Series title: Yearbook of the International Tracing Service
„Freilegungen: Spiegelungen der NS-Verfolgung und ihrer Konsequenzen“
(„Uncovered – A Sampling of Early Research Results from ITS Archival Holdings Mirroring NS-Persecution and its Consequences”)
Volume No. 4
Editors: Rebecca Boehling, Susanne Urban, Elizabeth Anthony, Suzanne Brown-Fleming, together with Henning Borggräfe
With essays in English from Ruth Balint, Idit Gil, Christine Schmidt van der Zanden and Dan Stone

279 pages with 26 illustrations, € 29.90 (D) incl. VAT plus postage
Now available
Paperback
ISBN: 978-3-8353-1657-7 (2015)
Orders directly from Wallstein Verlag

also available as E-Book