The IRO, formed in 1948, was a continuation of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation
Administration (UNRRA), which started in 1943. The Office of the United Nations' High
Commissioner for Refugees superseded the IRO in 1951.
IRO issued two basic types of documents to refugees:
photocopies of originals from IRO files; and
certificates based on the testimony of other refugees.
Generally, German religious missions issue certificates based on the testimony of
other refugees as proof of age or marital status.
Translate the same information we require for age or marriage, depending upon the
type of proof.
Include identifying information given about the witnesses and the basis for their
knowledge. Such information can be important in evaluating their testimony.