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Red Cross Reports to W.j.c. on Tracing Jewish Victims of Nazism

September 28, 1956
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The records of the World Jewish Congress European Tracing Service, dealing with 524,000 Jewish victims of Nazism, which were turned over to the International Tracing Service at Arolsen, Germany, have proven of value in the work of that organization, which is operated by the International Red Cross under the terms of a multi-nation agreement, the WJC was informed today.

Forty-five percent of the WJC material proved to be news to the ITS, N. Burckhardt, director of the latter group, told the Jewish Congress. The lists were made up immediately after the liberation and has names of survivors of concentration camps in Germany and various Eastern European countries which were of “special interest” to the ITS in its work. Another 19 percent of the WJC files supplemented ITS material.

The WJC has supplied new evidence in 225,000 cases, Mr. Burckhardt said, supplementary evidence in 100,000 cases and in 73,000 cases its records were used to replace ITS illegible documents. This work was accomplished in the first half of this year and the process of incorporating the Jewish Congress records into the files of the ITS will continue for the rest of this year.

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