The International Tracing Service (ITS) uncovered a card index of photographs of survivors from the former Dachau concentration camp of about 2,000 photographs dating from the first year following the war. The card file had gone unnoticed for decades. It was created for those Nazi victims who needed certificates of their being imprisoned to receive support from relief organizations. The survivors had to provide two photographs of themselves, one for the files and one to be attached to the certificate. The documents have been indexed and digitized so that they are searchable by name or birthdate.  This new find will go online in the Spring of 2019.  To read more see:

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Name Change

ITS announced as of April 2019 it will instead be called the Arolsen Archives-International Center on Nazi Persecution.  The new name points to the archives new goals. While knowledge about the Holocaust and Nazi dictatorship are disappearing, there is a worldwide spread of right-wing ideologies. The new name and new image  will address the public with projects, exhibitions, and education on the consequences of anti-Semitism, discrimination and racism. The Arolsen Archives will also publish the collection of documents from concentration camps and ghettos in its online archive.


The ITS was formed by the Allies following World War ll.


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Thanks to Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for bringing this to our attention.

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