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Annual Report 2016 - Strategy and Milestones

The analog and digital future of the ITS

The documents in the archive of the International Tracing Service (ITS) represent the collective memory of the victims of National Socialism and the consequences of Nazi crimes. We achieved a great deal in 2016 to ensure the preservation of this important collection. I’m referring in particular to the new archive building that will be constructed in Bad Arolsen. We are currently on schedule with our plans. Once the building is completed, our documents – which have been listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register – will be stored in accordance with archival principles and thus protected for generations to come.

  • The value of the archive is growing along with the number of people who can use it. We are accomplishing this by making the documents available online. I believe this is one of our key tasks for the coming years. Our prospects are good: Hardly any other archive has been digitized and indexed to the same extent as the ITS.

    My first year as Director was an exciting one. We laid the foundations for enhancing the international profile of this unique and important institution. This was achieved by means of strategic and target plans that were developed with great effort and efficiency by a team of staff members. The International Commission of the ITS unconditionally approved these plans.

    The ITS is changing – and so is the design and content of the Annual Report. The 2016 report will be the first to be published in an online version on our website. We’ve included more graphics to illustrate the work of the ITS. I would like to highlight one figure in particular: In 2016, 15,635 people contacted the ITS with questions about former victims of Nazi persecution. The search for answers continues, and the desire to fill gaps in family history remains strong – even after more than seven decades.

    Floriane Hohenberg

Highlights and Projects

One key goal of the ITS in 2016 was to expand our online content. New works were published in print as well.

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Facts and Figures

How many people have turned to the ITS? Who is looking for information? And how is the digitization project coming along? Here you will find all the information presented in graphs.

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Network and Dialog

Through events and initiatives with partners, the ITS gave new impetus to research, education, and the use of the ITS database in 2016.

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Overview of 2016

We’ve put together a timeline to give you an overview of some interesting events from the ITS calendar.

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