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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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International Day of the Disappeared 2021

On the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared (30 August), the GRC Tracing Service held a press conference to draw attention to the current situation of Afghan refugees and to the situation of families torn apart by the ten-year conflict in Syria. Two Syrian families, whom the GRC Tracing Service has accompanied for many years, were guests at the event. The relatives reported on their flight and the challenges of the family reunification procedure and described the desperate search for their relatives who had been missing for many years. Participating in the GRC Tracing Service press conference were Gerda Hasselfeldt, President of the German Red Cross; Christian Reuter, GRC Secretary General; Dorota Dziwoki, Head of the Tracing Service Head Office in the GRC Headquarters and Martin Schüepp, Regional Director for Europe/Central Asia at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva (moderator: Dr. Dieter Schütz, GRC press officer).

Recording of the GRC Tracing Service press conference


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

Family M. and GRC President Mrs Hasselfeldt

Finally reunited - after more than six years apart

Finally reunited - after more than six years apart

Elham M. is 21 years old and knows exactly how long she was separated from her father – six years and two months. From 2014 to 2020, between the…

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Family A. and GRC President Mrs Hasselfeldt

Missing without a trace after fleeing

Over Christmas 2013, Yusif and Gule A. and their two small children arrive as refugees from Syria at a reception centre in Bielefeld. Three weeks earlier, they had fled their village in northern Syria…

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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

Certainty about the whereabouts of the war-missing father from Russian archives read more

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At long last clarity about the own identity!

Success of the GRC child tracing service 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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