The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen is still in possession of roughly 2,900 personal effects, of which the former owners are known.
The personal effects are mainly from the concentration camps of Neuengamme (2,400) and Dachau (330). In addition there are some personal belongings from prisoners of the Hamburg Gestapo (50), the concentration camps of Natzweiler and Bergen-Belsen, as well as the transit camps of Amersfoort and Compiègne.
The items include effects taken from prisoners as they arrived at concentration camps: wallets, identity papers, photos and letters. The Nazis confiscated money and items of value. The personal belongings have no material value but a high sentimental value for family members.
The ITS´s goal is to return the personal belongings to the former prisoners and their family members. On 26 May 2011 a list of the owners was made available on the ITS website and can be researched using first and last names or date of birth.
Detailed background information is available here.
To search the list, click here.