All areas of Holocaust Studies require research. In order to produce new research, scholars need to have access to different archives, records, and documents, and they need to know how to use them. The Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies was proud to host Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming, Director of the Visiting Scholar Programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies to give our students an informational lecture on accessing and utilizing the International Tracing Service (ITS) records. Dr. Brown-Fleming is releasing a new book in January entitled “Imagining ITS: The International Tracing Service Holdings and 21st Century Holocaust Scholarship.” This manuscript will discuss the use of ITS records in current Holocaust scholarship. We were honored that Dr. Brown-Fleming came to give our students a detailed informative lecture on her area of expertise, accessing and utilizing the International Tracing Service records.
Dr. Brown-Fleming explained that although many of the documents are co-located in both the ITS and Yad Vashem archives, ITS holds many original documents and records that are only found in this specific archive. When ITS opened to the public in 2007, the records were reorganized into six different subunits with the intention of making the records easier to access. Dr. Brown-Fleming gave a detailed description of each of the six subunits and how they can be navigated to find various types of documents that would be of use to our students as they pursue their different areas of research as Holocaust scholars. She also explained how documents are often stumbled on that can reveal entire stories that have been yet to be found, researched, or exposed. Dr. Brown-Fleming also discussed the use of the Central Name Index, a database that can be used to locate the names, records, and fate of people from the time of the Holocaust. Dr. Brown-Fleming’s lecture not only provided our students with extremely critical knowledge on finding original documents that will pertain to their specific research topics, but also inspired our students to allow themselves to find and uncover stories that are housed in the ITS records that are still left untold.
The Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies was proud to host Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming who provided our students with new perspectives and knowledge that will help them in all facets of Holocaust studies as they prepare to enter the field.
Interested in applying for our MA in Holocaust Studies Program? You can find the application and more information at our website: http://holocaust-studies.haifa.ac.il/