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Background Knowledge and Rare Originals

Sown: Books in the ITS library

The library holds more than 8,000 publications and approx. 300 newspapers and periodicals

The library of the International Tracing Service (ITS) has more than 8,000 publications and approx. 300 newspapers and periodicals. The focus of the collections is on the history of the Holocaust, the concentration camps, National Socialist slave labor as well as the confrontation with Nazi crimes. For the time immediately after 1945 the topics of Displaced Persons (DPs), culture of remembrance and the work and development of the ITS are worth special mention.

Also worth pointing out are the early documents and publications from the DP camps and historical commissions, many of these documents having been collected at the ITS. They are part of a substantial stock of rare printed material that had appeared during the first decades after the war. The library also keeps an extensive collection of newspapers from victims organizations and camp committees.

In addition, documentation folders prepared by the ITS can be viewed, among them prison records, lists regarding the number assignments in the concentration camps as well as National Socialist place listings.

At the moment the library is being re-organized. Beginning in summer 2016 an online catalogue for internet research will be available. Integration into the online catalogue of the Workers Union of the Memorial Site Libraries (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Gedenkstättenbibliotheken - AGGB) as well as into other common catalogues will follow.

Shown: newspapers and magazines from former concentration camp inmates who were organized into camp committees and former persecutees groups

From the start of 1945, numerous magazines and newspapers appeared from former concentration camp inmates who were or still are organized into camp committees and former persecutees groups.