Posts Tagged ‘International Tracing Service’

Back in September I had posted that I was going to research and find out about an inquiry about my father from the 1960’s that was received from the Red Cross/Red Crescent. I did sent an e-mail to the Red Cross asking for details about that inquiry.

From there it was forwarded to their International Tracing Service. The tracing service did respond to me by asking me to fill in the gaps in their files. Yet they offered me no information to satisfy my initial request. I’ll give them a little more time and then I’ll have to contact them directly by phone. Because this is a mystery I’d like to find out the answer.

When I followed up with the Red Cross about how it seemed that the process seemed a bit one sided (I provided them with more info than they provided me) but I was told that the tracing process is very complex and involved. That it may be some time before I receive any information regarding that specific inquiry. It was also mentioned that the person initiating the inquiry and my sister may be the same person. To that I had to respond.

First of all, my sister’s name and the name of the person on the inquiry are different. Why would my sister use a made up name? Secondly, my sister was living at home at the time. Why would she put a trace on my father when she knew where he was? She saw him every day. Lastly, the inquiry originated in Moscow according to the form I was sent. Up to that time my sister has not been to Moscow.

All that’s left for now is to wait for the final response.

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A maillist member posted an announcement about records being released to Ancestry.com from Arolsen Archives (formerly the International Tracing Service). I have accessed this site previously and I had believed I had found one of my father’s brothers. The info I found was transcribed information and I was interested in finding the original record in case there was more detailed information. I sent an e-mail asking for the record and with the current release it seems I may have received it.

The transcribed information showed that he was born 11 Dec 1910. The information I have on my Uncle Mykola was that he was born in 1910. The transcribed information doesn’t give much information as to where he was born. The latest data dump give more details. It states that he was born 11 Dec 1910 and this matches the transcribed data. The record shows:

Name:Mikola Iwaniw
Gender:männlich (Male)
Nationality:Polen
Record Type:Residence
Birth Date:12 Nov 1910
Birth Place:Lutowyska Kr. Lisko
Residence Place:Marburg Marburg an der Lahn
Notes:Lists of foreigners extracted out of files of social securities and employment agencies
Reference Number:02010101 oS

The birthplace matches my father’s village where he was born. And it states hen resided in Marburg Marburg an der Lahn, which is the same information found in the transcribed record. I need to do more research on the All Europe, Registration of Foreigners and German Persecutees, 1939-1947 list from Arolson Archives. The data found on Ancestry is not found on Arolson.

On the same list that I found my Uncle Mykola I also found my Uncle Wasyl (my father’s oldest brother). The record shows:

Name:Rasil Iwaniw
Gender:männlich (Male)
Nationality:Polen
Residence Age:39
Record Type:Residence
Birth Date:20 Apr 1903
Sojourn Start Date:11 Jan 1943
Residence Place:Steinberg Burglengenfeld
Sojourn End Date:16 Jan 1943
Notes:Foreigners who were living in the location during the war – permanently or temporarily
Reference Number:02010101 oS

Now, it lists the first name as Rasil. But I’ve never heard of anyone from that region of Galacia being named Rasil and when I look at the typewritten record, the first letter seems smudged/distorted and someone indexing the record could mistaken the smudged/distorted W for an R.

I should also note that the All Europe, Registration of Foreigners and German Persecutees, 1939-1947 list contains a list of 80 different Iwaniw records. The All Africa, Asia and Europe, Passenger Lists of Displaced Persons, 1946-1971 list has 111 different records of Iwaniws.

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