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The GRC Tracing Service supports people who have become separated from their family due to armed conflicts, natural disasters, escape, displacement or migration. It helps to trace family members, to put them back in contact and to reunite families.

Every year, tens of thousands of people turn to the GRC Tracing Service. Even seventy years after it ended, many of the inquiries concern the whereabouts of people with whom contact was lost in the Second World War. Thanks to its extensive records and newly available information from Russian archives, the GRC Tracing Service can in many cases provide information which clarifies the fate of such people.

In the case of tracing requests from refugees and migrants who have lost contact with their family members, the GRC Tracing Service works closely with Red Cross/Red Crescent societies around the world and also with the International Committee of the Red Cross. If family reunification in Germany is desired, the GRC Tracing Service can advise on the legal requirements and provide support with the visa application process.

Ethnic German repatriates and their family members receive competent advice regarding all questions related to the procedure of entering Germany. In many cases, records held by the GRC Tracing Service document decades of individual family history and provide information regarding the procedure for recognition as ethnic German repatriates.

Following disasters or major incidents in Germany, the GRC Tracing Service activates its nationwide network of volunteers in the District Offices for Disaster Tracing Inquiries (KAB) to respond to questions regarding missing family members.

The Tracing Service has been a core task of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement for over 150 years.

At the GRC Tracing Service offices in Hamburg and Munich, as well as throughout Germany in around 80 Tracing Service support centres in the GRC district branches, those affected by any tracing service related issue can receive competent advice and support. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the services we offer.