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New Director starts work

Professor Dr. Rebecca Boehling

The new Director of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, Professor Rebecca Boehling, intends to promote research more intensely in the ITS archives. "I am looking forward to the challenge", said Boehling. "We want to make our archives even more accessible to the academic community. I would like to publicize what treasures are contained here in the archives and the plethora of research opportunities. The history of the victims of Nazi persecution is an international story that still affects many people throughout the world today."

Up until now Boehling served as the Director of the Dresher Center for the Humanities at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and professor in the departments of History, Jewish Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies. The US American is an expert in Holocaust research and the history of the Second World War. For several years, she supported the US government as a consultant on a historical advisory panel about WWII war crimes. In 2011, together with her co-author Uta Larkey, she published “Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust", the story of a Jewish family from Essen.

The International Commission for the ITS, whose eleven member states set the guidelines for the work of the institution, unanimously appointed Boehling at its annual meeting in Paris in May 2012. The appointment of a new Director became necessary because the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) withdrew from the management of the ITS at the end of 2012. Since the start of this year, the new institutional partner of the ITS is the German Federal Archives. The most recent director of the ITS and delegate of the ICRC, Jean-Luc Blondel, is taking over the management of the archives of the ICRC in Geneva.