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The next generation will ask questions

Professor Baruch Nevo of the University of Haifa and Israeli writer Savyon Liebrecht visited the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen yesterday in order to see the archive and research facilities and learn about plans for educational work. “Important work is being done here with a lot of heart and emotion – an overwhelming experience,” said Liebrecht.

The Israelis spoke with Dr. Susanne Urban, head of research, and vice director Djordje Drndarski. “This institute personalizes World War II and the Shoah,“ said Nevo. “Many institutions describe what happened in general terms, but here it is personal. I am particularly interested in how the documents can be used in educational work.”

Both Israelis also researched their own family fates in the ITS archives. Liebrecht found documents with her father´s picture and signature, as well as records documenting her birth as a Displaced Person in postwar Germany. Nevo discovered a document which confirmed the location where his grandparents were thought to have been murdered. “Our parents´ generation often kept silent,” said Liebrecht. “The next generation now has the courage to search for information, so I am not surprised at the consistently large number of inquiries.”