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Success stories of the tracing service

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 search queries that reach the GRC tracing service may vary greatly. 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.

Overview of success stories

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

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