IMPORTANT NOTE: Relocation of the Tracing Service Hamburg Office

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ملاحظة هامة: نقل مكتب هامبورغ لخدمات البحث عن المفقودين

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GRC Tracing Service in your area:


The GRC Tracing Service offers people assistance with the worldwide search for relatives and advises on all questions concerning family reunification.

The GRC Tracing Service has been performing these services within the German Red Cross since 1945. For decades, the GRC Tracing Service has been dealing with the effects following the Second World War, the Iron Curtain and the division of Germany. The whereabouts of 1.3 million people have still not been clarified.

Today, too, the GRC Tracing Service is the point of call for people who, for reasons of current wars, armed conflicts, disasters, re-settlement, expulsion or migration, do not know where their relatives are. The GRC Tracing Service supports people who have involuntarily become separated from their relatives and scattered in different countries and who wish to live together again in one country.

Tasks in detail

Legal foundations

The humanitarian tasks of the GRC Tracing Service arise from the Geneva conventions, the resolutions of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the GRC law, the federal statutes of the German Red Cross, as well as from a Tracing Service agreement between the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the GRC. The work of the Tracing Service is financed by the state.

Spatial organisation

The Tracing Service Head Office in the GRC Headquarters (Berlin) and the corresponding Tracing Service Offices in Hamburg and Munich which are also attached to the Headquarters are part of the GRC Tracing Service at federal level; the Regional Heads of Tracing Service are part of the GRC regional and district branches, and the Tracing Service support centres and the Tracing Service advisers in the GRC district branches. Further information can be found in the menu under Organisation and Contact.