Hi everyone! Crista Cowan here with an exciting announcement. As part of a philanthropic effort to make
culturally important records available without restriction, Ancestry has partnered with the
Arsolen Archives, International Center on Nazi Persecution, formerly known as the International
Tracing Service, or ITS. The goal of this partnership is to publish
records from their collection online and to make these records available to everyone,
regardless of subscription status. The ITS was started shortly after World War
II ended. The Arsolen Archive now holds records on more
than 17.5 million people who were in the various victim groups targeted by the Nazi regime. The first two databases of records from this
collection are now available at Ancestry. Africa, Asia, and Europe Passenger Lists of
Displaced Persons from 1946 to 1971 And the Europe Registration of Foreigners
and German Persecutees from 1939 to 1947 Included in these records are passenger lists
of immigrants leaving Germany and other European ports and airports between 1946 and 1971. The majority of the immigrants listed in this
database are displaced persons – Holocaust survivors, former concentration camp inmates
and Nazi forced laborers, as well as refugees from Central and Eastern European countries
and some non-European countries. You can search these records by name, birthdate
and place, or destination or you can browse them by resettlement region. The available images show locations where
refugees were temporarily settled during and immediately following the war. As these individuals were permanently resettled
into other countries around the world, the records show who was traveling together, providing
glimpses into who survived. These are just the first two sets of records
available from the Arsolen Archives collection. And, again, these records are now available
online at Ancestry for anyone regardless of subscription status.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Thank u for taking the time to preserve and digitize the past while the rest of us go on with our daily lives.

  2. Wow. If you thumbed down this video or complained about it, do you really have nothing better to do? This is great! Thank you for adding these documents!

  3. Thank you Crista – and Ancestry – your presentations and the Ancestry booth and its helpers at IAJGS in Cleveland were awesome.

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