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ITS handed over digital copies to Wiener Library

The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen today handed over digital copies of documents from its archives to the Wiener Library in London. ”The shared use of the ITS documentation will strengthen the cooperation between our two organisations and support historical research in Great Britain“, said ITS director Jean-Luc Blondel. Researchers can now make use of the ITS collections, which contain about 30 million documents on National Socialist persecution, forced labour and the emigration as a result of the Second World War, at institutions in eight countries.

The ITS delivered 14 disks altogether, each with a capacity of 500 gigabytes, to the Wiener Library. These disks contain a total of about 88 million images of historical documents from the Nazi and the immediate post-war periods. In addition, they comprise the initial 76,000 of a total of three million files of correspondence between the ITS and survivors and family members of victims. “The Wiener Library is delighted with the possibility of offering the tremendous resources of the ITS archive to UK users in digital form”, said Ben Barkow, director of the London-based Library. “There is no doubt that the ITS is one of the world’s most important sources of documents regarding the fate of Holocaust victims and survivors, and about the millions of Displaced Persons at the end of the war.”

According to a decision by the International Commission that supervises the work of the ITS, all eleven member states are entitled to receive digital copies of the documents in Bad Arolsen. The Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw, the Luxembourg Documentation and Research Centre on the Resistance and the National Archives of Belgium and France are all already working with documents scanned from the ITS archives.