How to Request Data on Holocaust Victims

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The largest collection of information on Holocaust victims and survivors is held by the International Red Cross at its International Tracing Service facility in Bad Arolsen, Germany. Requests for information may be submitted directly to ITS or through a national Red Cross office in your state or country.

These organizations may provide documentation of forced labor, forced evacuation from Soviet-controlled areas, internment in concentration camps, or deportation.

Their certificates may be used to support claims for reparations.

Documentation comes from transportation or deportation lists, death books, records of medical experiments, concentration or labor camp registrations, ghetto records, and displaced persons files.

Applicants should call or visit a local chapter of the Red Cross, Red Crescent or Israel's Magen David Adom to complete a questionnaire. Details remain confidential and the service is free.

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