The International Tracing Service has posted photos and personal papers of Nazi victims online, along with other selected documents from its massive archive. The group deals with people who disappeared during Holocaust.
The organization published the first batch of some 50,000 documents on Wednesday, which makes for just a fragment of their collection encompassing 30 million items.
“Archives must not hide themselves from the digital world. Otherwise, one day they will be forgotten,” said head of International Tracing Service (ITS) archive department Christian Groh.
The ITS was founded by Allies in the final days of the World War II. At first, its mission was help find the people who went missing in war zones or concentration camps.
In 2007, the organization first granted access to its archives in the German city of Bad Arolsen to scholars and researches, marking the transition from a tracing service to a research institution.
The group’s collection includes documents on Nazi death marches, forced labor and children lost during the war. ITS also holds around 3,300 personal items that Nazis had seized from concentration camp inmates. Read more.