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Information and background knowledge

The GRC TRACING SERVICE...

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)

    Tracing

    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

    Connecting

    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

    Reuniting

    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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News

Press

  • 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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  • Missing persons of the Second World War

    Negotiations on the extension of the task “Clarification of fate - Second World War”

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News

Multilingual information on healthcare and welfare assistance can be found here.


Insights into our work

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

How the student Lara Rading researched the fate of her great-grandfather, who was missing on the Eastern Front, and gained certainty for her family

For decades Heinrich Evers was regarded as “missing in the East 1944”. This is what it says on the back of a bracelet pendant which belongs to Lara Rading's grandmother. “I still remember exactly how… read more

Happy family reunification

Happy family reunification, but not without obstacles on the way

Through the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Libya, the GRC Tracing Service received the urgent request of a Palestinian family from Syria: The mother with four… read more

[Translate to Englisch:]

Sebastian Eitermoser (* 18th October 1924, Rettenbach, † 26th February 1945, Rybinsk)

There is almost no family in Germany who has not been affected by the war. In my family too, one son did not return home ´- my cousin Sebastian Eitermoser. read more

[Translate to Englisch:] Siedlung in Odessa

Success Story of a family reunion

On this page, we describe a DRK tracing service family reunion, using the Schmidt family as an example. The names have been changed for data protection reasons. 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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