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ITS Documents Consultable at French Archives Nationales

Researchers and scholars in France now have access to a digital copy of the collections of the International Tracing Service (ITS) relating to Nazi persecution and survivors freed from the camps. The Archives Nationales have just published the news on the availability of the digital ITS collection for research on their website. Survivors, their families or descendants and scholars are encouraged to file an inquiry to search the ITS data collections for information about individual fates or subjects.

Following Israel, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, the United States of America, Belgium and Luxembourg, France is the sixth country to support public access to this important documents’ collection registered in UNESCO’s Memory of the World list in 2013. The Instytut Pamięci Narodowej (IPN), recipient of the digital copy in Poland, has similar plans for the near future. All countries mentioned are member states in the eleven-head International Commission overseeing the documentation center’s work on behalf of the Nazi victims. Every member state represented in the Commission is entitled to request a digital copy of the Bad Arolsen collections and pass it on to a national partner institution. In this way international access to the collections is ensured. Owing to the huge data volume, the institutions will have to create a framework allowing work on the documents’ copies.