05 May 2011

World Memory Project Launched


UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM AND ANCESTRY.COM LAUNCH WORLD MEMORY PROJECT TO CREATE LARGEST ONLINE RESOURCE OF INFORMATION ON VICTIMS OF HOLOCAUST AND NAZI PERSECUTION

Millions of Pages of Museum Archives to Be Indexed and Made Free to All

WASHINGTON, D.C./PROVO, Utah – May 3, 2011 - The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com today announced the launch of the World Memory Project, http://www.worldmemoryproject.org/, which will recruit the public to help to build the world’s largest online resource for information on Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of non-Jews who were targeted for persecution by Nazi Germany and its collaborators. The project will dramatically expand the number of Museum documents relating to individual victims that can be searched online.

The Museum’s archives contain information on well over 17 million people targeted by Nazi racial and political policies, including Jews, Poles, Roma, Ukrainians, political prisoners, and many others. The Museum assists thousands of people worldwide every year that are searching for information about individuals in its collections. 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…







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