Tracing related to the Second World War

The effects of war can be long lasting. The Red Cross Flanders is still restoring family links broken during World War II. For this purpose the Tracing service works together with the International Tracing Agency (ITS), situated in Bad-Arolsen, Germany: http://www.its-arolsen.org. This organisation collects information about all civilians who suffered because of Nazi persecution. ITS holds records on the following groups:

  • Jewish deporteed during the Nazi period
  • Foreigners who were on German territory from 1933 to 1945
  • Detainees of concentration camps under the command of the Reichsführer-SS on German territory and in German-occupied territories from 1933 to 1945
  • Displaced persons who, after World War II, were under the care of the IRO (International Refugee Organization) or UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Organization)
  • Children of those listed above and separated from their parents as a result of the war, or were born on German territory during the war

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