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Anne Frank Educational Centre Pays Visit to the ITS

Eight senior employees from the Anne Frank educational centre in Frankfurt paid a visit to the International Tracing Service (ITS) to learn about the history of the institution and discuss opportunities for cooperation. The two institutions had already agreed in spring 2013 that the Frankfurt public shall be first to see the touring exhibition that the ITS is preparing on Displaced Persons (DP) at the Anne Frank educational centre in September 2014. “We are proud that the exhibition will be opened here because we consider the question of how politics and the society dealt with and reassessed the Holocaust after 1945 to be an important element of historical learning", says Deborah Krieg, deputy head of the Anne Frank educational centre. “We have come to know the ITS as a place that, on the basis of the documents kept there, makes the aftermath of history visible and makes the challenges that confronted the survivors after 1945 clear."

The main focus of the visitors’ interest was the educational work of the ITS. Staff from the ITS Department for Research and Education presented the educational concept to the visitors, as well as the various workshops and teaching materials. Following an introduction to the ITS-owned database OuS, the guests from Frankfurt conducted research on a variety of subjects on their own. “We were able to find interesting documents that we can use in future projects”, says Krieg, “especially with respect to the examination of anti-Semitism, or for our educational activities in the migration society, or on the subject of 'post-colonial Frankfurt'".

There are plans to deepen collaboration between the Anne Frank educational centre and the ITS in the future. Aside from jointly presenting the exhibition to the public, the two organisations will join efforts to develop didactic materials and offer advanced training courses. “The documents on persecuted individuals from almost all nations and the maps on the routes that led the survivors to various states or even continents, which are preserved at the ITS, reflect the 'global dimension' and the 'global impact' of Nazi persecution and its consequences”, says Krieg.