International Tracing Service Archive
Survivors and their families who wish to submit a request for information from the archives can use the Museum’s online form.
Read the Museum’s Frequently Asked Questions about the International Tracing Service.
The Museum’s International Tracing Service initiative is made possible in part by a generous donation from the Braman Family Foundation of Miami.
- January 17, 2008: Museum announces that it is ready to respond to survivors’ requests for information from the ITS archive. Read more here. Find out how to submit a request for information.
- January 15, 2008: The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (CAHS) of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the International Tracing Service (ITS) at Bad Arolsen are pleased to invite applications to participate in the first of two planned international research workshops for scholars designed to explore research possibilities in the recently opened archival holdings of the ITS. View announcement
- November 28, 2007: Museum Welcomes Completion of Ratification of the Agreement Opening the ITS Archive. Read the press release
- November 23, 2007: NEW - Together with the International Tracing Service, the Museum has prepared an inventory to the more than 21,000 separate collections of historical documentation that constitute the archive of the ITS.
- August 22, 2007: Associated Press, “D.C., Jerusalem Museums Given Huge Nazi Archive”
- August 21, 2007: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Receives First Records From International Tracing Service.
- U.S. News and World Report article, Closed for decades, the world’s largest Holocaust archive now reveals its secrets, describes the potential of the ITS, May 13, 2007.
- ITS Commission meets in Amsterdam, May 14-15, 2007.
- ITS Web site.
- Read the Bonn Agreement and Amendments (PDF: Änderung der Bonner Verträge).
- The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum testified before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on the need to open the ITS. Read the March 28 testimony by Paul Shapiro, Director of the USHMM’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.
Selected Press Highlights
- August 22, 2007: Associated Press, "D.C., Jerusalem Museums Given Huge Nazi Archive"
- May 16, 2007: Documents From Vast Nazi Archive to Be Made Available to Scholars
- February 10, 2007: Associated Press, "60 years later, putting Holocaust victims' names to numbers still a daunting task"
- January 18, 2007: Associated Press, "Opening of vast Holocaust archive could take years"
- December 17, 2006: 60 Minutes: Revisiting the Horrors of the Holocaust
- December 17, 2006: Associated Press, "Holocaust Records Help Reconstruct Lives"
- November 18, 2006: Associated Press, "Opening of archive likely to spur new generation of Holocaust scholarship"