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Holocaust records go online

2011-05-03 18:12

Washington - The US Holocaust museum has teamed up with internet genealogy site Ancestry.com to provide online information about those who were persecuted by the Nazis, the museum said on Monday.

The project, dubbed WorldMemoryProject.org, is meant to increase sources of information about Jewish and non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

The project "will dramatically expand the number of museum documents relating to individual victims that can be searched online", the US Holocaust Memorial Museum said in a statement.

Its archives in the US capital contain records on 17 million people who were targeted by the Nazis, "including Jews, Poles, Roma, Ukrainians, political prisoners, and many others", it added.

"The World Memory Project will greatly expand the accessibility of the museum's archival collection and enable millions of people to search for their own answers online," the museum said.

"We hope to remind the public that the Holocaust is not about numbers but about individuals, just like us, and to help families uncover histories they thought were lost," said Sara Bloomfield, the museum's director.

"The Museum's vast archives contain documentation that may be the only remaining link to an individual life.

"Preserving these personal histories and making them available online is one of the most powerful ways we can learn from history and honour the victims."

Comments
  • Pipehitter - 2011-05-03 18:46

    I wonder when they would start a site like that to enlighten the world about the British concentration camps in South Africa.

      william.botha - 2011-05-03 19:17

      It won't serve the Anglo profile. It was exactly like Hitler's Nazi campaign. I've seen thousands of unmarked graves, one of the big cemeteries is just outside Middelburg in the Transvaal.

      johann.h.claassen - 2011-05-03 19:58

      http://www.lib.uct.ac.za/mss/bccd/ All about the camps and all the names.

      william.botha - 2011-05-03 20:13

      Thanks for the link Johann. It is quite strange that this war crime stayed out of international focus.

      pitbull - 2011-05-04 07:03

      There are many books on the subject and there are many sites on the subject. Mostly in Afrikaans and Dutch but many have been translated into English. Google Fransjohan Pretorius and Karel Schoeman, two just name two authors on the subject. The reason it is kept quiet is because that it is not in the British good image to advertise that their generals, Roberts and Kitchener, set up these camps. There were 45 camps for Boers and 64 for blacks (except they were called refugee camps). One mustn't forget the so-called POW camps of the Boer War. Of the 28,000 men captured 25,630 were sent to overseas camps in, Ceylon, India, Bermuda St Helena and Portugal.

      Lanfear - 2011-05-04 09:32

      Who exactly are "they" Pipehitter? It is OUR responsibility as South Africans to cherish and keep our history, all of it, and put the information out there. Besides, the Holocaust was MUCH bigger, it was part of a world war, not a small colonial war on the southern tip of Africa, and of course the Jews themselves made and still make certain that nobody forgets. Maybe someone should fund and make an international movie about it? Then everyone will know. Thanks for the linke johann.h.claassen! Great stuff. @ william.botha - it is a small war crime in comparison with stuff like the world wars and resultant holocaust, the vietnam war, Serbia, Rwanda, etc. etc. And it happened long ago, a four decades older than the Holocaust for example. Nobody talks about the Spanish Inquisition anymore either. And now that I think of it, funny that nobody every seem to remember that Stalin murdered even more people. Hmm, humanity does tend to have a selective memory.

      william.botha - 2011-05-05 21:09

      Lanfear, did you know that Germany paid the last of the installments of World War 1 that they incurred as reparations only last year? It is long ago yes, but it was still disgusting

  • estellevictorclaassen - 2011-05-03 21:47

    Awesome!

  • Joy - 2011-05-04 08:20

    yawn !

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