Friday, May 6, 2011

The World Memory Project

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has teamed with to put the "millions of historical documents containing details about survivors and victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution during World War II" on the website at The World Memory Project at

Together, the two organizations have created the World Memory Project to allow the public to help make the records from the Museum searchable by name online for free—so more families of survivors and victims can discover what happened to their loved ones during one of the darkest chapters in human history.

Anyone, anywhere, can contribute to this effort; even just one record and a few minutes at a time can make a world of difference to someone.

Getting started is as simple as downloading a free software program and then typing details from a record image into a database that will then become searchable online.

By being part of the World Memory Project, you'll be helping to create the largest online resource of information about individual victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution. You'll also be restoring the identities of people the Nazis tried to erase from history, and making sure future generations never forget.

Get started today. The power of truth is in your hands".

The website says that the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has gathered more than 170 million pages on 17 million individuals, which include names, dates, locations, conditions, and physical descriptions of victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution.

The database will be available in the late summer or early fall of 2011 at