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Seeking information on an individual affected by a conflict


The Agency archives contain information collected by the ICRC about individuals during its humanitarian work in armed conflicts.

Current or recent armed conflict

If you are seeking information about someone in connection with a current or recent armed conflict, please go to: FamilyLinks. If you are looking for a family member with whom you have lost contact, please contact the National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society of the country in which you live.

Conflicts in the twentieth century

Request for information:
If you are seeking information about someone who was a prisoner of war or a civilian internee during a conflict in the twentieth century, please contact the Agency archives.

As of 1 February 2014, only requests of a humanitarian nature will be accepted. These must be:

  • submitted by the person directly concerned;
  • linked to administrative procedures or a compensation claim;
  • concern the search for a natural father or grandfather.

The request, together with a statement explaining the reason for it, should be sent to: tracing.archives@icrc.org.

We will respond only to requests that fulfil the above-mentioned conditions.

First World War:
Prisoners of the First Word War: ICRC historical records

Second World War archives:
Research suspended for conservation work. More information

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