The American Red Cross is actively involved in Holocaust Tracing Services and will continue to process cases. There may be some confusion because of media reports regarding the November 18, 20ll announcement by the International Committee of the Red Cross advising that it is stepping back from the management of the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen, Germany. The ICRC was tasked in 1955 with leading the center dedicated to finding victims of Nazi persecution.
It’s important to know that the archive will remain open and that the American Red Cross will continue to process cases with the assistance of these documents. Though there has been a decrease in requests, in the past year more than 700 new cases from the United States were processed and we continue match living relatives. To date, the American Red Cross has reconnected more than 1,600 families and provided documentation and information to 16,000 families. To open a Holocaust tracing case, please contact your local American Red Cross chapter.