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Tracing Service launches first Yearbook entitled "Freilegungen - Auf den Spuren der Todesmärsche" (Uncovered – On the traces of the Death Marches)

Wallstein Publishing in Göttingen and the International Tracing Service (ITS) Bad Arolsen have launched the first scholarly ITS yearbook "Freilegungen - Auf den Spuren der Todesmärsche" (Uncovered – On the traces of the Death Marches). It examines the death marches from concentration camps at the end of the Nazi regime, a subject that only in recent years has featured more prominently in Holocaust research. "The review of a record group in the archives of the ITS has brought together international experts who present their first results of one and a half years of research in the yearbook", said Dr Susanne Urban, co-editor and head of research at the ITS.

The ITS was originally founded as a tracing service for victims and the persecuted of the Nazi regime. Since the opening of its archives for research at the end of 2007, the organisation is developing into an international centre for documentation, information and research on Nazi persecution, forced labour and the Holocaust. "The first scholarly yearbook is a reflection of this development and a further milestone in this direction", co-editor and ITS director Jean-Luc Blondel said at the book launch.

With the issue of the yearbook, the ITS is commencing a scholarly series that will be published in the coming years. The present yearbook is divided into three main sections which include perspectives of external researchers and pedagogues on the collections of the ITS ("Insight"), accounts of internal ITS projects and interpretations ("News from the ITS"), as well as a central thematic focus ("Uncovered").

The collection of the ITS on the subject of death marches comprises about twelve running metres. It contains information from local communities, witness accounts, details on evacuations, reports of police investigations, maps and original documents from the last days of the concentration camps. The documents provide further insight into the number of prisoners, individual fates, the route of the marches, participation of the local population and attitudes towards this issue in postwar Germany. "The researchers have found different approaches in describing this last organised mass crime committed by Nazi Germany", Urban emphasised.

Distinguished scholars such as Katrin Greiser, Albert Knoll, Marc Mazurovsky, Jörg Skribeleit and Reiner Möller, as well as the Israeli expert on death marches, Professor Daniel Blatman, contributed as authors to the publication. Within its scholarly series, the publisher Wallenstein Verlag specialises in historical publications and yearbooks on the subject of Nazism. Wallenstein works together with leading organisations such as the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem and the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora memorial foundation. "We are pleased to be a part of this project and to be supporting the publication of the ITS yearbook", said publisher Thedel v. Wallmoden.

Freilegungen - Auf den Spuren der Todesmärsche (Uncovered – On the traces of the Death Marches)
Edited by Jean-Luc Blondel, Susanne Urban and Sebastian Schönemann
Series title: Yearbook of the International Tracing Service
(published on behalf of the International Tracing Service Bad Arolsen)
Volume No. 1
Price (incl. VAT): € 29.90 (Germany), € 30.80 (Austria), Swiss Francs 38.90
Additional charges for postage
Available June 2012
Format: Softcover, 382 pages, 39 illustrations
Dimensions: 14.5 x 22.0 cm
ISBN: 978-3-8353-1011-7

About the International Tracing Service

The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen serves victims of Nazi persecutions and their families by documenting their fate through the archives it manages. The ITS preserves these historical records and makes them available for research. The archive contains about 30 million documents relating to the persecution, forced labour and emigration that took place in the wake of the Second World War. The ITS is governed by the eleven member states International Commission (Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom, USA) and is managed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) until the end of 2012. The German Federal Archives will become the new institutional partner for the ITS as of January 2013. For more information visit www.its-arolsen.org.

The Publisher Wallstein Verlag

Wallstein Verlag was founded by Thedel v. Wallmoden and Dirk and Frank Steinhoff. The program of the publisher includes scholarly publications as well as fiction titles. Part of its established program are literary theory, history, the documentation of Nazism with a particular focus on the genocide of European Jewry, research on the history of the early Federal Republic of Germany and, more recently, the history of science. For more information visit www.wallstein-verlag.de.