May 17, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC/PROVO, UTAH, May 10, 2012 — Records from three new collections from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s archives are now searchable online through the World Memory Project, a joint effort by the Museum and Ancestry.com. The new records include information on Jewish and non-Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. With the assistance of over 2,500 contributors from around the world, more than 1.3 million records from the Museum’s archives have been indexed through the project—and a portion already made searchable—since the partnership began one year ago.
The project is recruiting the public to help build the world’s largest online resource on Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of non-Jews who were targeted for persecution by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, allowing victims’ families and survivors themselves to discover missing chapters of their history, learn the truth about the fate of their relatives, and honor those who were lost. The information is being made searchable free of charge at Ancestry.com.
The newly entered collections that are now uploaded and available for searching are:
Poland, Prisoners of War in Lublin, 1939–1941: This database contains information from registration cards for Jewish and non-Jewish prisoners of war from the Kresy Wschodnie area of eastern Poland. Many of these prisoners were held in various camps around Lublin, Poland, from 1939 to 1941 and were later killed in Majdanek, a killing center in the Generalgouvernement (General Government) of Poland.
Poland, Selected Records of Jews in the Radom District, 1939–1945: This database includes information from records created during the German occupation of the Radom district in central Poland during World War II. Names are included of Jews who performed physical labor, prisoners, and deported people, as well as primary school teachers and lawyers.
Soviet Union, Records from Soviet Commission to Investigate Nazi Crimes, 1940–1945: This database includes information from a diverse collection of documents pertaining to the Eastern Front during World War II. Some of these documents were later used as evidence during the Nuremberg trials of 1945–46.
World Memory Project contributors are keying information into databases that become searchable when complete. Anyone, anywhere can contribute to the project by simply typing one fact at a time from historical documents.
“The World Memory Project will be the largest online resource for information on victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution,” says Lisa Pearl, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s World Memory Project leader. “It is an invaluable resource for survivors and their families seeking information about themselves and their loved ones. In just one year, the contributors’ efforts have resulted in over 1.3 million indexed records, more than the Museum alone could have accomplished in many years.”
The World Memory Project utilizes proprietary software and project management donated by Ancestry.com, which hosts its own online archival project to transcribe historical records. Once Museum records are transcribed, the indices are hosted exclusively on Ancestry.com and are permanently free to search. The Museum provides copies of documents upon request at no cost. The original documentation remains in the Museum’s archival collection.
To find out more about the World Memory Project or to learn how to become a contributor, please visit WorldMemoryProject.org.
About the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors. For more information, visit ushmm.org.
Ancestry.com Inc. is the world’s largest online family history resource, with more than 1.7 million paying subscribers. More than 7 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 28 million family trees containing over 2.8 billion profiles. Ancestry.com has local websites directed at nine countries that help people discover, preserve, and share their family history, including its flagship website at ancestry.com.