Note: Tomorrow, May 5, 2016 is Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The chronicle of Crete’s Jews from that moment until their tragic deaths at sea less than a month later is recorded in the online database “Transports to Extinction,” a new project by Yad Vashem’s International Institute for Holocaust Research.
The site has information on all the transports during the Holocaust, including a reconstruction of the route of each transport, names and other information about the individuals and organizations that were involved in carrying out the transports, information on the deportees, including their verbal or written testimonies and pictures.
“This is where you’ll find the Holocaust, in the lists that are a thousand-names long, that say when the transport leaves the station, where its stops on the way and when it continues on after waiting,” says Dr. Joel Zisenwine, director of the research project.
The sources of information include survivor testimonies, memoirs and journals, as well as letters and notes that Jews tossed out the windows of the trains. The database also contains information gathered at the post-War trials of Nazi war criminals which shed light on the transports, along with testimony from railroad workers and other witnesses.
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