Diane Afoumado, PhD., Chief, ITS Research Branch, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will be visiting the upcoming FEEFHS conference, bringing her database, and presenting background on the records available for research and doing lookups. These records extend beyond the persecution of the Jews. She writes:
“The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, DC, is the United States’ repository for the International Tracing Service (ITS) collection. The ITS collection contains diverse information about the persecution and murder of Jews and non-Jews—Poles, Ukrainians, Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians, Soviet prisoners of war, Roma and Sinti, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and persons with disabilities—under Nazi rule.
“The International Tracing Service helps people find their families and learn their fate using several millions of documents. The Holocaust Survivors and Victims’ Resource Center ensures that the individual experiences of survivors and victims of the Holocaust and Nazi-era persecution are collected, preserved and disseminated for future generations.
“The ITS collection contains various documents such as:
• Camp arrival lists
• Grave locations
• Transport lists
• Prisoner cards
• Forced labor lists
• Death lists
• Displaced person applications for assistance
• Deportation lists
• Emigration applications/questionnaires
• Registration and work cards, sometimes with photographs”
We are in the process of setting up either a lunch and learn or a special evening session with Diane early in the conference week so all who are interested may sit down with her. She will also be present at the Tuesday Ask the Experts Workshop.
Dr. Diane F. Afoumado is Chief of the ITS Research Branch at the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Formerly Assistant Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Paris X-Nanterre and the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris, she worked for the two French Commissions related to compensation to Jewish victims. She also worked as a Historian for the Archival Division of the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine – Mémorial de la Shoah.
She is the author of several books: L’affiche antisémite en France sous l’Occupation, (Berg International, 2008); Exil impossible. L’errance des réfugiés juifs du paquebot « St.Louis » (L’Harmattan, 2005), co-author with Serge Klarsfeld of La spoliation dans les camps de province, (La documentation française, 2000). She participated in the following publications : Repicturing the Second World War. Representations in Film and Television, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); Evoking Genocide. Scholars and Activists Describe the Works That Shaped Their Lives, (The Key Publishing House Inc, 2009), and wrote more than twenty articles related to the Holocaust.