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Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg visits IC

The International Commission for the ITS (IC/ITS) met in Luxembourg for two days in mid-June for its annual meeting. Additional events were held to accompany this 80th meeting of the ITS governing committee. His Royal Highness Guillaume Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg joined the committee members in viewing the ITS exhibition entitled “Where should we have gone after the liberation?".

The exhibition, which will be on display at the Centre Culturel de Rencontre “Neimënster” (CCRN) until July 2, 2017, focuses on the survivors of the Nazi terror and their search for a new beginning. At the exhibition, the ITS showed the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg the original documents relating to the imprisonment of members of the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg during the Nazi period. These included the registration documents for Prince Franz Xavier of Bourbon-Parma from the Natzweiler and Dachau concentration camps. “This visit by the Hereditary Grand Duke is a special honor for us, and it shows that our work has been recognized,” said Paul Dostert, outgoing Chairman of the IC. “We want to preserve the memory of the fate of those persecuted by the Nazis, and we believe this is a task that stretches beyond Europe.”

The discussions of the IC revolved around cataloging and access to the documents in the ITS archive as well as the further development of the database. Reports were also presented on moving the documents to temporary storage until the new archive building is complete. The International Commission sets out the guidelines for the work of the ITS. It is made up of representatives from eleven member states. The chairmanship changes annually and passed from Luxembourg to the Netherlands at the end of this year’s meeting. The new Chairman of the IC is Pieter Jan Wolthers.