Lindon, UT - Company Puts More Than 1 Million Holocaust Records Online
Lindon, UT - At the U.S. Holocaust Museum, it is a pile of shoes that powerfully drives home for many the scale of events in the Nazi concentration camps of World War II.
At Footnote.com’s new Holocaust Collection site, it is the rows of portraits of men, women and children—nearly 600 in all—that are likely to invoke the same emotional response from visitors.
Scroll over this portrait and you learn it is of Ruth Huppert Elias of Czechoslovakia, who gave birth in a camp but was not allowed to nurse her infant as part of survival experiment; the child died.
That one: Idzia Pienknawiesz of Poland, who was 22 when she died in a concentration camp. Or this one, which turns out to be Fred Bachner of Berlin. Bachner was taken to Auschwitz and given the task of checking shoes for hidden valuables; he escaped in a transport train and was liberated in 1945.
The interactive Web site, offers more than 1 million Holocaust-related documents. It is a collaboration between the National Archives and Records Administration, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Footnote.com, based in Lindon.
“It really is a central gathering place for these documents to come together and tell the story,” said Justin Schroepfer, Footnote.com’s marketing director. “It is important that they not be forgotten, with the generations that are disappearing.”
Ron Smelser, a history professor at the University of Utah whose specialty is Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, said there is a growing awareness of and interest in the Holocaust that the collection will help meet.
“It’s a wonderful idea, which means you don’t have to fly to Washington,” he said.
Access to the documents will be free during October. After that, access will be available only through subscription—$79.95 for a year, $11.95 a month or $2.95 for a single image view.
The collection includes The Ardelia Hall collection, which catalogs artworks and artifacts seized by the Nazi and then taken into custody by the U.S. at the end of World War II.
There also are intelligence and interrogation reports; camp registration records and death books from Dachau, Mauthausen, Auschwitz and other camps; and proceedings of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum provided the nearly 600 interactive personal stories of survivors and victims.
Visitors can search for specific names and add information, comments, photos and other records and create individual pages.
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