May 12–14, 2014
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
International Tracing Service, Bad Arolsen, Germany
The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, Germany, was, until November 2007, the largest closed archive in the world related to the Holocaust, forced labor, and Nazi persecution. Recently inscribed into the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) memory of the World Register, the ITS collection has opened important new potential for understanding the Holocaust and other Nazi-era crimes. While utilized for decades principally for tracing purposes, the documents provide opportunities for a better understanding of a broad range of topics related to persecution, incarceration, forced labor, mass murder, displacement, resettlement, and the legacies of those experiences as a result of World War II. Jointly organized with the ITS in Bad Arolsen, this conference brought together scholars who have conducted significant new and original research using the collections since the opening of the archive.
Panel 1: In the Midst of Camps and Forced Labor I
Panel 2: Postwar Testimony, Memory, and Representations of Trauma in the International Tracing Service
Panel 3: Who is Disposable? Inclusion and Exclusion in Nazi Germany
Panel 4: Brutality in the Last Year of the War, 1944–45
Panel 5: Survivors and the Political Landscape of Postwar Europe
Panel 6: In the Midst of Camps and Forced Labor II
Keynote address: “Our Mothers, Our Fathers”: One German Town in the Records of the International Tracing Service
The conference was made possible by the support of Betty-Jean and David Bavar, K. Peter and Yvonne R. Wagner, and the Harris Family Foundation.
The conference was supported in part by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.