Paul A. Shapiro, director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, recently spoke at the Helen Fagin Holocaust Collection at the Jane Bancroft Cook Library about the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Germany, which houses 50 million pages of documents holding information about the victims of the Nazis. Shapiro spoke about the historical importance of the documents, which comprise 16 miles of shelves at the ITS. After 60 years of being hidden away from the public, Nazi records about the 17.5 million people they persecuted
during the regime’s 12 years in power were made available to the public in 2006. The opening of the archives means that survivors and their descendants can finally find information about the loved ones they lost.
For more information, contact Dr. Jonathon Scott Perry at (941) 359-4248.