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Lindon, UT - Company Puts More Than 1 Million Holocaust Records Online

Published on: October 1, 2009 07:04 PM
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This photo from April 4, 1945, shows German loot stored in church at Ellingen, Germany, found by troops of the U.S. Third Army. It is an example of the images and documents on Footnote.com new Holocaust Collection site. (Courtesy of Footnote.com)This photo from April 4, 1945, shows German loot stored in church at Ellingen, Germany, found by troops of the U.S. Third Army. It is an example of the images and documents on Footnote.com new Holocaust Collection site. (Courtesy of Footnote.com)

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.

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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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 Oct 01, 2009 at 07:42 PM Anonymous Says:

"There's no business like Shoah Business like noah business we know . . . "

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 08:04 PM Anonymous Says:

They seem to be charging a membership fee right now and its pretty expensive.

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 07:17 PM Askupeh Says:

My mother has an Auschwitz number tattooed on her arm. Does anyone know if records exist for these numbers? If yes, where?

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 06:12 AM Anonymous Says:

Its not a proper free trial if u have to give your cc details.

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 09:38 AM joe shmoe Says:

can anyone point to the site?

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 12:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Im willing to pay a year free membership for the Halacaust denier from Iran.....

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