The following excerpt is from the August 10, 2011 edition of the Chicago Tribune.


Skokie’s Howard Bergman is among more than 14,000 people from 60 countries who have used the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum‘s International Tracing Service to access information about Holocaust-era histories.

The collection of more than 150 million digital images of documentation, in vaults in Bad Arolsen, Germany, was established by Allied powers to help reunite families and trace missing people after World War II.

The museum led an effort to open the archives in 2007 in response to the frustration of Holocaust survivors seeking information about their loved ones, said Andrew Hollinger, museum spokesman.

The archive is overseen by an 11-nation commission and administered by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

To request a search, go to ushmm.org/its. Anyone who has documents, photographs or other materials to donate to the museum’s collection is asked to contact Susan Snyder at ssnyder@ushmm.org or call 202-488-0430.

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Thanks to Sandi Bulthuis for notifying me about this article.