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„I can feel the commitment“

On May 19, 2017 Karen Franklin, Director of Family Research at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York, updated herself about the processing of inquiries and the status of digitization at the International Tracing Service(ITS). It was her first visit to Bad Arolsen. "I can feel an impressive commitment to easing access to the ITS documents," said Karen Franklin.

The Leo Baeck Institute in New York and Berlin is devoted to the history of German-speaking Jews. Karen Franklin spoke first with ITS Director Floriane Hohenberg and then discussed with staff members the processing of inquiries and the digitization of requests received by the ITS since the end of the Second World War from family members and survivors of Nazi persecution. The greater part of the three million correspondence files has already been digitized. "We have been submitting inquiries to the ITS for many years and are pleased with the development. The ability to have quick access to the original documents along with wonderful service by staff is extremely helpful to historians, families and genealogists as well."

Karen Franklin was accompanied by the historian Dorothee Lottmann-Kaeseler from Wiesbaden and Ernst Klein from the „Arbeitskreis Rückblende - Gegen den Vergessen“ (Against Oblivion) in Volkmarsen. After her visit to the ITS, Franklin visited a medieval mikvah in Volkmarsen and gave a lecture in the former Synagogue of Vöhl on the "American Jews and the Rescue of Europe's Refugees 1933-1942 - the Lehman Family".