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16 Apr 2007 - The International Tracing Service of the Red Cross

The International Tracing Service of the Red Cross

Under the terms of an agreement between the 11 governments that control the archive of the International Tracing Service of the Red Cross, the entire collection of records pertaining to some 17 million displaced victims of the Holocaust and the Second World War are expected to be fully scanned and more publicly available by the end of this year.

The International Commission that controls the records began administering the archive in 1955 to respond to requests to track missing persons, help reunite families and later to validate compensation claims by Holocaust survivors or their relatives.

Following years of pressure from survivors, the 11 member countries of the International Commission agreed in May 2006 to open the archive for inspection and research.