September 19, 2014

History: French Holocaust Records Exhibited For 1st Time

From the AP (via AJC): They are among France’s darkest days: Police dragged over 13,000 Jews from their homes, confined them in a Paris cycling stadium with little food or water, and then deported them to their deaths in the concentration camp at Auschwitz. But even in France, one of the most brazen collaborations between […]

USC Shoah Foundation Completes Preservation/Digitization of Nearly 52,000 Holocaust Testimonies

From the USC Shoah Foundation (via PR Newswire): The USC Shoah Foundation Institute has completed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar project to digitally preserve the video interviews in its Visual History Archive. The archive contains testimony from nearly 52,000 Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. [Clip] The Institute recorded the testimonies on 235,005 Betacam SP videotapes between 1994 […]

Texas: Holocaust Library Files Million Dollar Lawsuit Against Bookseller

From WOAI (San Antonio): A New York-based bookseller accused of buying stolen, historical Holocaust documents will be coming to a San Antonio court. The Mazal Holocaust Library located in Hill Country Village has filed a million dollar lawsuit against Dan Wyman for at least 25 percent of the remaining historical items that have not been […]

Vast Nazi-Era Archive Says Conserving Dachau Files

From AFP: A vast archive of documents linked to the Holocaust said Monday it would preserve 300,000 original prisoner files from the Dachau concentration camp in Germany that are disintegrating. The International Tracing Service (ITS) in the western German town of Bad Arolsen uses its vast trove of historical records to help victims of Nazi […]

Holocaust-Era Property Database Reaches 2 million Records

Via JTA: A searchable database of Holocaust-era property records has reached more than two million records. Project HEART-Holocaust Era Asset Restitution Taskforce, an initiative of the Jewish Agency for Israel in cooperation with the government of Israel, says it is the largest publicly available single-source database of lost Jewish property assets from the Holocaust era. […]

Coming Monday: UN & USC Shoah Foundation Institute To Formally Debut iWitness Holocaust Testimony Video Database

What is IWitness? IWitness is an online application for educators and students, giving them access to watch, search, and learn from over 1,000 video testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. IWitness is unique by bringing educators and their students (ages 13-18) together at the intersection of Holocaust education and the development of […]

Holocaust Archive to Open in Britain

From the Jerusalem Post: The British public will soon be able to access digital records from the Holocaust containing 50 million digital records and covering 17.5 million people from the archive of the International Tracing Service (ITS). Available for the first time, the digital archive will be available free of charge at the Wiener Library […]

Lawsuit: "We Want Our Archives Back"

From an Article in Haaretz: After the Holocaust, the decimated Jewish community of Austria asked the Jewish people’s central archive in Jerusalem to take possession of historical documents. Now strong and prosperous, it’s suing for their return. [Clip] It is not easy to find the Jewish people’s archives, at the easternmost edge of the Hebrew […]

"National Archives and Partners Launch New International Nazi-Era Records Internet Portal"

From a NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) News Release: The National Archives and its partners today launched an international Nazi-era assets related records database– making millions of records related to Nazi-era cultural property available online for the first time. A National Archives signing ceremony today launched the new database, providing digital access to millions […]

New Online Digital Archive: "JDC Releases Over 500,000 Searchable Holocaust-Era Names And Historic Photo Collections"

UPDATED (10/17/2012) Miles of Documents Online (via WSJ) Since the documents went online, people have used the collection to discover relatives they thought had died during World War II had actually survived, and the family members reunited, said Linda Levi, the archive director at the JDC. “This accessibility is critical,” she said, noting that similar […]