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supports people who have become separated from their family due to armed conflicts, natural disasters, escape, displacement or migration.
It helps to trace family members, to put them back in contact and to reunite families.

  • GRC Tracing Service - Tracing (Flower-Postcard)


    The GRC Tracing Service clarifies the fates of missing persons from the Second World War and searches worldwide for people who have been separated from their relatives as a result of current armed conflicts and disasters.
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  •  Man makes a phone call with help of the GRC Tracing Service


    The GRC Tracing Service enables the exchange of messages between relatives who have lost contact to each other and cannot communicate using conventional means.
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  • Family reunited at the airport


    The GRC Tracing Service advises and supports relatives who are separated by armed conflict, disaster, flight, expulsion or migration in reuniting families in Germany.
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Germany – Floods in Rhineland-Palatinate and North-Rhine Westphalia – Searching for missing relatives

Contact Information for tracing requests

Have you lost contact with your relatives due to the floods in North-Rhine Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate? On the 27 July 2021 the central hotline „PASS Westphalia“ of theCologne Regional Government no longer receives search requests from relatives. Only the communal
„PASS Euskirchen“ is still receiving search requests from relatives with missing family members in Euskirchen. In the state of Rhineland-Palatinate the central Hotline (of the Police and of the GRC) are still available for relatives with search requests.

North-Rhine Westphalia/Nordrhein-Westfalen communal „PASS Euskirchen“:
Phone number: 02251-15-1111

Rhineland-Palatinate/Rheinland-Pfalz (central) Police:
Phone number: 0800 / 65 65 651
GRC District Information Office Rhineland-Palatinate: 06131-2828-2930

Tracing requests from abroadshould be directed to the GRC RFL/Tracing Service:

E-Mail:  tracing(at)drk-suchdienst.de

The following information is required for a successful search in Germany:

  • First name
  • Surname
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Place of disappearance
Picture: Destroyed Houses in Rhineland-Palatinate and North-Rhine Westphalia


Extension of the tracing service work for the Second World War

GRC President Hasselfeldt welcomes the extension of the tracing service work to second World War

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Insights into our work

People made of cardboard and with a heart

Happy family reunification in spite of many difficulties

After six years of separation, Mr Y.’s wife and daughter finally receive the longed-for family reunion visa and can enter Germany. The time of waiting was dominated by anxiety, sorrow and despair.…

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Wolfgang Voss

Wolfgang Voss: Prisoner of war compensation

In the winter of 1945 towards the end of the Second World War, Wolfgang Voss was injured in the trenches after being hit by shrapnel in his hip during combat with US soldiers in the Schnee Eifel…

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Manfred Kropp

The case of Manfred Kropp

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At long last clarity about the own identity!

Success of the GRC child tracing service read more

Heidi Büttner

The case of Waldemar Jahr

"My heart is lighter now." - Heidi Büttner was able to clarify the fate of her father. read more

afete T.

Tafete T. searched and found his father. Twice.

For most people, one’s parents or children are just a walk, a short trip or a phone call away. However, not for Tafete T. from Ethiopia, whose father suddenly disappeared from his life without a… read more

Tracing missing relatives

  • International Tracing with the GRC Tracing Service

    Online International tracing request

    Search for relatives who are missing due to armed conflict, disaster, flight, displacement or migration.

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  • Ethnic German repatriates

    Online tracing request - Ethnic German repatriates

    Search for relatives who are missing due to resettlement to Germany (in particular ethnic German repatriates from the former Soviet Union).

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  • Second World War

    Online tracing request - Second World War

    Search for relatives who are missing in connection with the Second World War or the division of Germany.

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