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German Red Cross
Information and background knowledge


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.


  • Tracing


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

  • The GRC connected people


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

  • Reuniting mother and daughter


    The GRC Tracing Service advises and supports relatives who are separated by armed conflict, disaster, flight, expulsion or migration in reuniting families in Germany.




Missing persons of the Second World War

GRC call: File requests with the Tracing Service by the end of 2021

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Further new contents of the website in English and Russian will be published shortly. Already now you can use the multilingual online tracing forms or our online contact form for your tracing requests.

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

 Farhad thanks Trace the Face

How Farhad found his family with Trace the Face

In 2009, Farhad left Afghanistan with his mother, sister and two brothers. He also had an older brother who worked as an interpreter for the US army, but he was marched off by enemy forces and hasn’t… read more

The Tracing Service’s new campaign logo  After making the Tracing Service a key theme of World Red Cross Day 2015, the Red Cross made two important announcements on 8 May this year. Both the new GRC “SET AN EXAMPLE” campaign and a new version of the website www.drk.de have been launched successfully. As a key mission of the German Red Cross, the Tracing Service features heavily in both.  The new GRC campaign is designed to showcase the variety of services offered by the GRC. While the red cross is familiar to

The GRC “SET AN EXAMPLE” campaign

After making the Tracing Service a key theme of World Red Cross Day 2015, the Red Cross made two important announcements on 8 May this year. Both the new GRC “SET AN EXAMPLE” campaign and a new… 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

    International tracing

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

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  • Ethnic German repatriates

    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

    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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Information and background knowledge

Archive room

Archive and documentation centre

The Munich office has been the central information and documentation centre of the GRC Tracing Service since 1982.


Research enquiries

The GRC Tracing Service not only provides information to relatives, but also helps with research enquiries.

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