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New Projects and a Change of Location: The ITS in 2017

Why is the #StolenMemory campaign important? What planning is needed to move an archive? What preparations does the ITS make before publishing large sections of its holdings online? And how many people sent inquiries in 2017 in search of information about victims of Nazi persecution? The ITS Annual Report answers these and many other questions.

“Over the past eleven years, the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen has become the most exciting archive in the country.” This Twitter message shows that the ITS is ever more successful in calling international attention to itself—an institution previously unknown to the public—and its value for society. In 2017, it made progress in this direction on many levels. That’s what we’d like to inform you about in our current annual report.

The report is available to you as an online publication on the ITS website. In it, articles, interviews and illustrations provide an impression of current projects and our work as a key source of information on victims of National Socialist persecution. More than 16,700 persons from seventy-five countries inquired with the ITS in 2017. An important milestone in the preservation and protection of the archival holdings was the relocation of the documents bearing the status of world documentary heritage. For the first time ever, they are now gathered under a single roof in an interim storage facility that meets all archival requirements.

In the report we moreover portray the fates of individual persecution victims and the often painstaking research carried out by their relatives in search of information. And we introduce scholars who have used the ITS as a source for their work. You’ll also find a wealth of information about the return of the personal possessions of concentration camp inmates to their families within the framework of the ITS’s #StolenMemory campaign.

Click here for the 2017 ITS Annual Report.