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The International Tracing Service (ITS) supports research, organizes workshops and seminars that serve to promote networking and the exchange of information – and provides its own research incentives through projects and publications. Anyone is welcome to do research in the ITS Archives in Bad Arolsen as part of his or her own scholarly project.

  • Of the documents in the ITS Archives, 85 percent have been digitized and can be seen and used for research at computer stations in our reading rooms. Visitors to the ITS receive on-site information on the structure of the database. Moreover, visitors have the opportunity to make use of the special ITS library on Nazi persecution, the survivors and the repercussions.  

    The ITS archive holdings offer the potential to gain more knowledge about the Holocaust, Nazi forced labor as well as the persecution of political opponents and minorities or the murder of Sinti and Roma. Additionally, for topics such as Displaced Persons, Child Survivors or on the history of remembrance and restitution the collections of the ITS are a significant source of information for research.

    Dan Stone
    Dan Stone

    The vast documentary holdings of the ITS now permit an unparalleled understanding of individuals’ experiences of the Nazi camps, the Displaced Persons’ (DP) camps after 1945 and international refugee politics in the context of the Cold War.”

    Dan Stone, Royal Holloway University of London, 2016

ITS Library

The ITS maintains a special library on the history of Nazi crimes and their repercussions. It is aligned towards the central topics of the collections of the ITS archives. This on-site library is open to all ITS visitors.

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Current activities and events

Learn more about current lectures, travelling exhibits, events and publications of the ITS in addition to special events that take place in cooperation with memorial sites as well as research and education centers.

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