Lending a Hand to Trace the Past

The American Red Cross Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center hopes to resolve an additional 17,000 requests in the next three years.
By Shilpika Das, Staff Writer for RedCross.org

Monday, February 04, 2008 — Each day, tracing specialists at the American Red Cross Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center work tirelessly to help families learn the fate of loved ones lost during the Holocaust and World War II.

Tracking History

The International Tracing Service, in Bad Arolsen, Germany, is the single largest repository of original Nazi documents in the world.
All tracing services of the American Red Cross are confidential and provided at no charge.
The Tracing Center has access to hundreds of additional archives, museums, and organizations through the worldwide network of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, including Magen David Adom in Israel.

The Baltimore-based tracing center has been working on behalf of Holocaust survivors since 1990 and has conducted more than 40,000 searches for family members sent to concentration and forced labor camps during the Holocaust or separated from their loved ones during the aftermath of the war. Linda Klein, director of the tracing center, estimates that more than 14,000 requests have been resolved so far and more than 1,300 people have been reunited with their relatives.