The Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center will search for documents in the records of the International Tracing Service and other digitized collections of the Museum free of charge to survivors, their families, and families of victims. Survivors who require documentation to file for compensation are given the highest priority. The Museum is committed to making the information in these records accessible to Holocaust survivors in a timely fashion.
All others interested in accessing the ITS records—scholars, authors, genealogists, and other researchers—should visit the Museum in person. Access to the ITS records, like all of the Museum's archival material, is free and open to the public. For more information on the holdings of the ITS archive and in preparation for you visit, please see the ITS Inventory Search.
Research requests may be submitted to the Museum either online (preferred method) or by downloading a paper form (PDF) that can be printed and submitted by mail or fax. Requests for information are acknowledged upon receipt. Please note that although the Museum will make every effort to locate requested documentation, archival records do not include information on every Holocaust victim or survivor.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will search for documentation about individuals. To search for information about entire families separated during the Holocaust, the below sources may be helpful.
- Yad Vashem (external link) maintains a testimonial list of Holocaust Victims, The Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names (external link), as well as large collection of Archival records relating to the Holocaust.
- JewishGen (external link) is a non-profit organization providing valuable research tools and a large variety of databases relating to individuals and places.
- The Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center (HWVTC) (external link) is a national clearinghouse managed by the American Red Cross. The HWVTC taps into a wide variety of resources beyond the ITS collection. Individuals outside the United States should contact their local Red Cross or Magen David Adom.