International Red Cross Gets Jewish Records for Tracing Nazi Victims

Gaps in the records of the International Red Cross’ tracing service on the fate of more than 1,500,000 Jewish victims of Nazi persecution with be partly closed by information loaned by the World Jewish Congress, it was announced today.

K. Baum, director of the World Jewish Congress European Tracing Office said such clarification was of vital importance both to prospective claimants under the compensation laws of the West German Republic and to thousands of survivors applying to the ITS. Such applications are made for certificates not related to claims on the Bonn Government and for information about relatives. Mr Baum said.

The World Jewish Congress documentation was provided to the ITS after a study of the documents was completed in Germany earlier this month. The data contained new or supplementary information on 449,000 Jewish victims, including evidence on the fate of 322,000 persons whose names have not appeared to date on ITS records.

Much of the Congress information will be used by the ITS to replace documentation on 618,000 Jewish persecutees which have not been previously available to ITS in original form or which was damaged. The ITS has appealed to other organizations possessing data on persecuted Jews to make the information available for ITS study.

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