Seeking information on an individual affected by a twentieth-century conflict
Research conducted free of charge
For information regarding someone in connection with a recent or current conflict, consult our FamilyLinks website. If you are looking for a member of your family with whom you have lost contact, get in touch with the Red Cross or Red Crescent Society in your country of residence.
Research is carried out free of charge when it has been requested by the individual concerned himself/herself or by his/her next of kin (brother, sister, wife, husband, father, mother, children, grand-children).
In all cases other than the above, a fee of 100 Swiss francs is charged per research. When your case is dealt with you will receive an e-mail setting out the procedure for payment
20th Century conflicts
Request for information:
If you are seeking information about a person who was held as a prisoner of war or civilian internee in connection with a conflict in the twentieth century, the ICRC may be able to provide you with information in its possession, subject to the rules governing access to that information. To apply for access, please fill out the questionnaire below.Only the individuals concerned, as well as their next-of-kin, are entitled to information dating back less than 60 years.
Time needed for reply:
The ICRC Archives will reply to your request between 6 and 12 months.There will be no exchange of correspondence in the meantime except possibly regarding the means of payment (see text box). The information you receive will contain all data known to the ICRC about the person concerned.
Interruption of First World War researches:
Due to the preservation treatments and the digitization of WWI archives,research activities have to be interrupted. No new research requests shall be accepted as from August 1st 2011 Read more.
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