IMPORTANT NOTE: Relocation of the Tracing Service Hamburg Office

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Cooperation

International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement
Cooperation with other Tracing Services

The German Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement comprises three components:

  • the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC),
  • the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies (International Federation) and
  • the national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.

The German Red Cross is the National Society of the Red Cross in the Federal Republic of Germany and auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field.

In the worldwide search for missing relatives and issues of family reunifications, the GRC Tracing Service works closely together with the RFL network of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement.

For more information, please refer to the section "Tracing Service network".

International Committee of the Red Cross

The symbol of the International Committee of the Red Cross The founding body of the movement is the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with headquarters in Geneva. The ICRC is a private, neutral and independent Swiss organisation with the humanitarian mandate of protecting the victims of armed conflicts worldwide.

It manages and coordinates international relief operations in armed conflicts, visits detainees and organises a Central Tracing Agency. The ICRC calls upon parties in conflict to abide by the law to protect those not involved in the conflict and to comply with the restrictions on the use of weapons and methods of warfare. Moreover, the ICRC plays an important role in the further development of international humanitarian law.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies also has its headquarters in Geneva and is the umbrella organisation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.

It supports the development of the National Societies as well as the expansion of their services for those most vulnerable and in need of help. It coordinates the international relief of the national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in the event of natural disasters and technical catastrophes and promotes national disaster management programmes.

National Red Cross and Red Crescent societies

The Red Cross and the Red CrescentIn nearly every country in the world, National Red Cross and Red Crescent societies implement through their activities the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. National Societies are recognised as auxiliaries to the public authorities. In peacetime, they carry out many humanitarian tasks in the field of disaster management as well as in the field of health and social services. If necessary, the National Societies support the civilian defence and assist the medical service of their armed forces.

At an international level, the National Societies provide humanitarian assistance during armed conflicts and disasters. They also help to reunite families by means of a worldwide RFL network.

Cooperation with other tracing services

When processing enquiries relating to the Second World War the GRC Tracing Service works in particular with the International Tracing Service (ITS), the Tracing Service of the ecclesiastical welfare associations (KSD) and the Deutsche Dienststelle (a German agency that maintains records of members of the former German Wehrmacht who were killed in action). If enquiries to the GRC Tracing Service fall under the jurisdiction of other agencies, they will be forwarded on to them and the enquirers will be duly informed.

The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen serves the victims of Nazi persecution and their relatives by documenting their fate in its archives. The ITS archives are divided into three main parts: incarceration, forced labour and displaced persons. Among other things, it contains information about persecuted and abducted persons who went missing in the territory of the Third Reich during the Second World War. The International Tracing Service issues information about Germans and non-Germans that were detained in Nazi concentration camps or labour camps or other detention centres. It also provides information about non-Germans that were put into forced labour during the Second World War in the territory of the Third Reich.

The Tracing Service of the ecclesiastical welfare associations (KSD) functions as a “registration office” for Germans from former eastern, expulsion and settlement regions. Nearly all the Germans residing in the expulsion territories between 1939 and 1945 have been recorded. The Tracing Service of the ecclesiastical welfare associations provides information, assists in the search for missing persons and in clarifying the family structures of displaced persons and ethnic German migrants. You also receive help obtaining documents, are given advice about inheritance issues, receive assistance during the determination procedure to clarify your nationality or in any questions relating to pensions or the sharing of burdens.

The Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt- German Agency which maintains records of members of the former German Wehrmacht who were killed in action) stores documents (identity disk indexes, change of personnel lists, loss documents, personnel records) of the former German Wehrmacht and/or navy and other military or military-like organisations from the Second World War period, documents about German, Austrian and allied participants in the Second World War in allied captivity, and documents about foreign POWs in German captivity. The WASt provides among others information about soldiers who died during the war, about their length of service, captivity as POW, identity disks and welfare programs for victims of the war.