"Searching for relatives and friends after the war was a first impulse for many of the survivors. It was almost the natural thing to do – to find out if anyone had survived. Institutions like the International Tracing Service (ITS) evolved over time and were of great use to the survivors, but it seems that the survivors themselves went on their own journey – physically traversing through Europe to find out if anyone had survived as well as contacting anyone they could think of to let them know they were still alive. The communication with others who knew them or may have witnessed the events was an important part of the journey. The search was arguably a first step in their rehabilitation."
Zborowski Center Director Dr. Sharon Kangisser-Cohen