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The International Tracing Service (ITS), since 2019 called Arolsen Archives, was established by the Allies in 1948 as a central search and information center. They house the world’s most extensive collection of documents about the victims of National Socialist persecution, including documents from Nazi concentration camps, ghettoes and penal institutions, documents about forced laborers, and documents from the early post-war period about Displaced Persons, mainly Holocaust survivors, former concentration camp prisoners, and forced laborers. People who had fled the sphere of influence of the Soviet Union for political reasons are also included.

The archive’s holdings consist of 30 million documents in total and belong to UNESCO’s Memory of the World.

At this event, Floriane Azoulay (Director) and Giora Zwilling (Deputy Head of Archives) from the Arolsen Archives speak about the importance of the documents at Arolsen Archives for Holocaust research, and the role that the crowdsourcing initiative “everynamecounts” plays in their effort in making the information globally accessible.

As the first US partner in the crowdsourcing initiative “everynamecounts”, this event starts our partnership with the Arolsen Archives.

IMAGE: Arolsen Archives, Arolsen (Germany)

Lecture by
Floriane Azoulay, Director of the Arolsen Archives, Arolsen (Germany)
Giora Zwilling, Deputy Head of Archives of the Arolsen Archives, Arolsen (Germany)

Introduced by
Rachel Stern, Director and CEO of the Fritz Ascher Society in New York

Floriane Azoulay is the current Director of the Arolsen Archives. A French human rights expert, she previously served as Head of the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department at the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) – an intergovernmental organization with 57 participating states. She has a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the EHESS in Paris, a Master’s degree in Management from ESCP Europe, and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Paris-La Sorbonne.

Giora Zwilling is the Deputy Head of the Archives Department and Head of the Archival Description Office of the Arolsen Archives. He previously was a Media consultant for the United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict (2015), Head of the Arrangement and Digitization Department and Cataloging (2010-2014) and arrangement assistant (20o7-2010) of the Yad Vashem Archives, Israel, as well as Editor for Kineret Zmora-Bitan publishers, Israel (2005-2007). He studied history at the Open University of Israel and Tel Aviv University.

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