Red Cross to step back from tracing center


(JTA) — The International Committee of the Red Cross said it will stop managing an organization that reunites Holocaust victims.

The Red Cross will stop managing the International Tracing Service, which it has done since 1955, by the end of the year, The Associated Press reported.

The ITS was founded in Bad Arolsen, Germany, to help reunite families torn apart by the Holocaust. The service is in the process of transitioning to a research and education center. Tracing requests have dropped off significantly, as many Holocaust survivors have died off.

In 2008, the service made 18 million Nazi-era documents available to Holocaust survivors, researchers and others. 

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