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close this bookInternational Tracing Service (International Committee of the Red Cross , 1993, 51 p.)
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentPreface
View the documentHow it all began....
View the documentThe expansion of the Third Reich
View the documentThe period from 1943 to 1955
View the documentThe new beginning
View the documentThe legal basis of the ITS
View the documentThe Transition Agreement
View the documentThe International Commission for the International Tracing Service (IC/ITS) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
View the documentThe tasks of the International Tracing Service
View the documentFigures, data, facts
View the documentAssembling
View the documentClassification
View the documentPreservation
View the documentEvaluation
View the documentExample for evaluation: Issuing of a report
View the documentExample for evaluation: Issuing of an Excerpt from Documents
View the documentExample for evaluation: Tracing case
View the documentNational and international cooperation
View the documentCurrent official and institutional inquirers

The Transition Agreement

After the unification of Germany, the “Deutschland-Vertrag” was cancelled through a final settlement called the “Transition Agreement”.

The obligation of the Federal Government to provide for the continued existence of the ITS was thus called in question. This, nota bene, at a time when the ITS registered the largest number of incoming inquiries for years.

In a Note of September 1990, the Undersecretary of State of the Foreign Office in Bonn confirmed for the Ambassadors of France, of the United States and of Great Britain that Chapter 7, Article 1 of the Convention on the Settlement of Matters Arising out of the War and the Occupation is still completely valid:

Displaced persons and refugees

The Federal Republic of Germany assumes the obligation:

(d) to guarantee the continuation of the work that is presently being carried out by the International Tracing Service.

Thus, the continued existence of the ITS in a form that has not been changed since 1955 is ensured.