The World Memory Project is the largest free online resource of information about victims and survivors of Nazi persecution. The purpose of the World Memory Project is to restore the identities of the people that the Nazis tried to erase from history. The project can help families to discover the fate of their missing loved ones.
The World Memory Project is a collaborative project that is being done by two organizations that can be of great use to genealogists. One is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It is a living memorial to the Holocaust.
The museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and to promote human dignity. The United States Holocaust Museum has gathered millions of historical documents that contain details about survivors and victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution during World War II.
The other organization taking part in the World Memory Project is Ancestry.com, (a website that most genealogists are familiar with). Ancestry.com has spent more than a decade creating advanced technological tools that have allowed billions of historical documents to become searchable online. One of those tools is a software program that must be downloaded by the people who wish to search the information in the World Memory Project.
The World Memory Project was launched in May of 2011. In April of 2016, the World Memory Project hit the milestone of having one million records. Thousands of people have visited the website and accessed the database, in search of information about their relatives and ancestors.
The milestone was made possible by more than 3,500 volunteers, from 18 different countries. They spent hundreds of hours indexing archived documents from the Holocaust Museum into an online software provided by Ancestry.com. In 2015, three United States high schools volunteered their students to index about 7,000 individuals who were persecuted during World War II.
Anyone in the world can contribute to the World Memory Project by typing in information, one historical record, and a few minutes of time. All you a person needs to participate is an internet connection, a computer, and basic typing skills. Your efforts can make a world of difference to a person who has been trying to discover what happened to his or her family.
Do you have historical documents that the World Memory Project might be interested in? It is possible to donate those records. The Museum continues to rescue evidence of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution. You can find out more about how to donate those materials on the Museum’s website.
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