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The GRC Tracing Service disposes of extensive collections that are the basis of its research and document that research over the years.

At the heart of these collections is the Central Names File (ZNK) with around 50 million index cards from over 70 years of tracing service work. This gives information on the fate of more than 20 million people who went missing or lost someone through the Second World War. Tracing requests, reports on people’s fate, the individual stories of refugees and returnees are all documented here, including information on details on the posting of soldiers and civilians, imprisonment, internment, death or release, expulsion, flight and the division of Germany.

After over 10 years of work the index cards of the CNF are now available in digital form on a five-terabyte hard drive. The utmost variety of the documents’ templates and calibres that distinguishes the files makes the CNF at once unique, but also presents an enormous challenge in terms of technology, personnel, work and time management. The CNF is now faster and easier to use. At the same time the content of the paper cards from the period directly after the war is being protected from decay. The digital storage system is adapted to the original paper structure so that case workers can go back digitally to the documents in the way to which they are used.

In 2014, the original cards, important historical documents, were transferred from their rooms in Munich to the Tracing Service Hamburg Office. There they were carefully stored and are available as before for researchers etc.

In the Central Information and Documentation Centre of the GRC Tracing Service you can also find files about particular groups of people who suffered the same fate in the Second World War. These contain details on the fates of children, re-settlers, displaced persons, home patients and residents, as well as GRC emergency workers. The so-called camps archive that is built on the statements of returning soldiers contains information on 12,800 POWs and the locations of internment camps, historical maps, as well as an extensive photo collection on the Children’s Tracing Service, on escape and expulsion, return, and on the history of the GRC Tracing Service.