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International Body to Operate Service Tracing Nazi Victims

An international body will be set up to administer the International Tracing Service at Arolson, Germany, after the Western Powers withdraw from Germany under the terms of the contemplated peace contract with the Bonn Republic, it was indicated here today by the Belgian Foreign Minister.

Replying in Parliament to a question by Deputy Maurice Herman on whether Belgium would be represented on such a body, the Foreign Minister said that the United States “seemed appreciative” of the position of France, Belgium, Holland and other states which demanded international control of the archives. He added that Belgium would be represented when such a commission was established. Finally, he said that the personnel now working at the ITS included “Germans as well as refugees and displaced persons.”

The Jews, as well as other peoples victimized by the Nazis, have been concerned over the possibility that the Germans would take over the service after the Allies withdraw. The ITS files include a great deal of evidence of the fate of 6,000,000 Jews annihilated by the Nazis.

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