JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen International Tracing Service Makes Documentation More Understandable #general

Jan Meisels Allen

Since the end of World War II the International Tracing Service (ITS) has
kept records that are >from concentration camps, displaced persons and forced
laborers. The archive has over 30 million documents including original maps
and information >from other archives. The information is relevant to over
17.5 million people. In an attempt to explain the structure of major
documents that one is likely to see on its website, as sometimes the files
and maps are not fully understandable to the reader, the ITS developed an
e-Guide. To access the guide go to: for
English or for German.

It is recommended that the reader use a PC to view the e-Guide while it was
designed for use on PCs, laptops and tablets, it can be viewed on smart
phones as well, but not all of the features will be available.

As the ITS is located within the European Union you are required to
acknowledge the use of cookies to be compliant with the General Data
Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The e-Guide focuses on file cards and forms that were developed for a
single person. The e-Guide describes who used the respective cards and
forms, when, how and why. There are also links to other background
information. Note: Not all documents for all people persecuted by the Nazis
were preserved-many were destroyed during the war. If you think a
description is missing or have other comments contact the ITS at:
eguide(at) Also, not all German terms have been translated
into the English version of the E-Guide.

Thank you to Peter Lande for sharing the information about the e-Guide with

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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