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ITS seeking objects for exhibition on fates of Displaced Persons

The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen is planning a travelling exhibition entitled “Life in transit - trauma and new beginnings. Survivors of Nazi persecution.” Items from displaced persons´ lives are being sought, such as photographs, report cards, voting papers, newspapers, posters, certificates or items from everyday life. The project is sponsored by the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ). The exhibition is scheduled to open in Bad Arolsen in 2014 and will travel to other locations in Germany.

The western Allies defined DPs as people who were persecuted and deported from their home countries by Nazi Germany. The ITS has numerous documents from the immediate post-war period which show the Allies´ care and relief efforts for survivors of concentration camps and forced labour, but also the difficult quest for a new beginning. As yet there is no comprehensive account which exists on this topic.

The ITS would like to integrate the items and documents as well as background information into the exhibition. If you have any such objects and would be willing to lend them to the ITS, please contact Dr. Susanne Urban, head of research and education at the ITS, or René Bienert or Elisabeth Schwabauer, research projects and education staff members, at historical-research[at]its-arolsen.org or research-education[at]its-arolsen.org