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Insights into our work

Whether it is a search in connection with the Second World War or due to current migration, or advice on family reunification, the personal stories behind the tracing requests that reach the GRC Tracing Service may vary greatly. But they always have one thing in common: relatives who do not want to give up hope for redeeming certainty or for a happy reunion with their family and who tirelessly strive for clarification of fate and unification; often across many national borders.

The success stories of the Tracing Service's work encourage other affected persons. They help as many people as possible to make use of the services of the GRC Tracing Service and to find their relatives, to be in contact with them or to live together again.

Here you will find some success stories about the work of the GRC Tracing Service and interesting facts about our activities in Germany and in the field of international cooperation.

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

Still image capture from video excerpt

At long last clarity about the own identity!

Success of the GRC child tracing service read more

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