The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is receiving digital images of the documentation at the International Tracing Service (ITS), an archive established by the Allied powers after World War II to help reunite families separated during the war and trace missing relatives. The archive is located in Bad Arolsen, Germany. Over the next several years, the Museum expects to receive more than 100 million digital images of archival material from the ITS. To date, the Museum has received the first two installments of about 18 million digital images of arrest, camp, prison, ghetto and transport records.
Using these records plus other relevant archival documents in its already extensive collection, Museum staff will search for documentation about the fates of individuals during the Holocaust.
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.
Survivors and their families may submit requests for information to the Museum as follows:
The Museum is committed to making the information in these records accessible to Holocaust survivors in a timely fashion.
Requests for information are acknowledged upon receipt. Priority is given to survivors and their families.
All others interested in accessing the ITS records--scholars, authors, genealogists and other researchers--should visit the Museum in person to examine the records. Access to the ITS records, like all of the Museum's archival material, is free and open to the public.
To begin the process of submitting a research request, please click the "Start Request" button below.
Please note that The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will locate documentation about individuals and not for entire families. For services that will help locate entire family members separated during the Holocaust, individuals should contact: