- Helena Rubinstein Auditorium (Museum)
2014 International Tracing Service Conference
Five years ago, in a workshop jointly organized by the Museum's Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, an international group of 15 scholars identified significant topical areas for which the ITS documents have great potential. This three-day conference, the result of that workshop, brings together scholars who have conducted significant new and original research using ITS collections.
Public Conference Times and Location
Monday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, May 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Helena Rubinstein Auditorium
Monday, May 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
"Our Mothers, Our Fathers": One German Town in the Records of the International Tracing Service
Suzanne Brown-Fleming, Director, Visiting Scholar Programs
Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Dr. Brown-Fleming will discuss the role of the ITS archives in discovering and recording the fate of the Jews of Lahnstein, a tiny town in the middle of the Rhine valley. The recovered documents poignantly demonstrate that during the Nazi era, the entire social fabric and economy of this town was permeated with Nazi ideology and economic practices. All Lahnstein's Jews were put to slave labor in a mining facility before they were deported east. While the first Jewish families settled in Lahnstein in the 12th century, today, no Jewish families live there.
This presentation demonstrates the broad academic research potential of the ITS collections through the exploration of just one community destroyed by the Nazis.
The conference has been supported in part by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
The conference has also been made possible by the support of Betty-Jean and David Bavar, K. Peter and Yvonne R. Wagner, and the Harris Family Foundation.
For more information about the conference, please e-mail Elizabeth Anthony, Curt C. and Else Silberman ITS Scholar, Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, at email@example.com or call 202.488.0434.