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Providing evidence for recognition payments to former German forced labourers

The Vorkuta labour camp in the former USSR

The German Government Directive on a Recognition Payment to Former German Forced Labourers entered into force on 1 August 2016. German civilians who were required to perform forced labour for a foreign power between 1939 and 1956 as a result of their German citizenship or ethnicity can now apply for compensation.

Click here to find out how we can assist you.

Public Relations: the GRC “SET AN EXAMPLE” campaign and the relaunch of DRK.DE

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 have been launched successfully. As a key mission of the German Red Cross, the Tracing Service features heavily in both.

Find out more here.

Exhibition at Museum Friedland

The exhibition includes an entire room dedicated to the work of the GRC Tracing Service.

On 18 March 2016, the Minister President of Lower Saxony, Stephan Weil, inaugurated a new museum dedicated to the 70-year history of the Friedland border repatriation facility. He told 500 invited guests that the Friedland name has become a symbol in its own right, and emphasised that the site has spent the last seven decades offering what is now recognised as a culture of welcoming.

Find out more here.

16-year-old finds her father – believed dead – through Trace the Face


Ayasha H. lost her father when fleeing her country and was convinced that he was dead. In this story, we share how the Tracing Service’s Trace the Face website helped them to be reunited.

Find out more here.

Two brothers reunited after more than 60 years

Ernst Wohlfahrt points to a photo of his first family reunion with his brother. Photo: Susanna Salonen/GRC Tracing Service

Ernst Wohlfahrt from Kiel only discovered he had a brother in his late 60. Until then, he had been an only child. He found his sibling with help from the GRC Tracing Service.

Secure photo tracing now also available for unaccompanied minor refugees

Many families are forcibly separated when fleeing armed conflicts, meaning that a number of small children are among those seeking relatives. The GRC Tracing Service offers them practical assistance – while meeting the highest possible data privacy requirements.

GRC: Facilitating Family Reunification for Syrian Refugees

Photo: P. Krzysiek / IKRK

The German Red Cross is supporting further improvements with respect to family reunification for Syrian refugees living in Germany. On the occasion of the Interior Ministers’ Conference in Mainz the GRC-President, Dr. Rudolf Seiters, called on the federal states to further facilitate visa application procedures for family members.

Read the news release here (in German).

International Day of the Disappeared on 30th August: The GRC Tracing Service’s online tool shows success in the search for missing persons

A short film about Trace the Face

In its search for the missing the Red Cross increasingly uses the internet. On the website “Trace the Face” ( families who have been separated while fleeing can search for their relatives by photo. To date, 300 photos have been uploaded to the website.

You can get more information here.

Further successes of the online tracing with photos

Photo: G. Westrich/DRK-Suchdienst

Back in 2010, 19-year-old Amir* fled violence and persecution in Afghanistan together with his mother, sister and two brothers. The family lost contact with one another in Greece and since then Amir being completely desperate about the situation was without news of his family. 

Since September 2013, people who have unintentionally lost contact with their family members due to armed conflict, disasters, expulsion or migration have been able to search for their family online with the help of their own photo.

Admission of ethnic Germans: Fundamental changes of the BVFG (Federal Displacement Law) have come into effect

Ethnic German family being consulted at the GRC-Tracing Service.

The German Bundestag has voted for a fundamental change of the BVFG (German Law on Displaced Ethnic Germans and Refugees) based on a motion filed by the government coalition. The new regulations have come into effect as of 14th September and facilitate the admission of ethnic Germans and their relatives substantially.

Further information is available here.