22 October 2015

Online Archives Seeks to Reunite Holocaust Victims (or family members) with Heirlooms

A unique collection has been put online in the hopes that doing such will connect lost heirlooms with their former owners or their families.  To genealogists heirlooms are invaluable and often the only physical link we may have with our ancestors.

Recently an article made the rounds on Facebook (FG) that caught my eye -- Do you recognize this item of a concentration camp prisoner?

New online archive aims to reunite Holocaust victims and their families with lost heirlooms

A gold-plated wrist watch with a red band, an engraved pocket watch, numerous jewelry items and wedding rings, and of course photos. Those are all items taken from prisoners in German concentration camps, which now can be viewed online, as part of the new archive of the International Tracing Service (ITS).

50,000 documents have been uploaded last week to the center's website, among them are photos of 3,300 personal items which lay in ITS's archive in Bad Arolsen, Germany, just waiting for someone to recognize them...

Do read the article for more details on what is (and is not) included in the archive with regard to heirlooms as well as document.

You can access the database here. Do check it out. Please assist the ITS and its goal of returning the effects to former prisoners and family members.

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