International Tracing Service: Dachau Concentration Camp Card Index Found; Changing Its Name #general

Jan Meisels Allen

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
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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

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

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Jan Meisels Allen

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