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Red Cross steps back from Holocaust victims search

November 18, 2011

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GENEVA—The Red Cross says it will step down from its role managing the work of a body dedicated to finding Holocaust victims.

The group has a long history of helping reunite families separated by war and identifying the remains of people killed in conflict.

It was tasked in 1955 with leading the International Tracing Service that was established in Bad Arolsen, Germany, to find victims of Nazi persecution.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday that it will withdraw from managing the ITS by the end of 2012 as part of the body's transformation into a research and education center.

The ICRC says the number of tracing requests has declined as the number of survivors and their direct relatives has dwindled in recent years.

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