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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry Reached 1 Million Records of Holocaust Survivors’ and Victims’ Now Searchable Online

“Nearly five years after the launch of the World Memory Project, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry announce that the one millionth name of individuals persecuted by the Nazis are now searchable online for free, thanks to the efforts of contributors to the innovative crowdsourcing initiative. Launched in May 2011, the World Memory Project is helping to build the world’s largest online resource for information about the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and the millions of others persecuted by the Nazis.” (via Ancestry.com)

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NC library donates Nazi photos to Holocaust Museum

“A collection of photographs of Nazi Germany during World War II now belongs to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., after spending decades in North Carolina. The Perquimans County Library donated three volumes that depict Germany in 1939-41, The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reported. The volumes have a German title that translates as “Greater Germany in the Affairs of the World.” Most of the photo albums were prepared as gifts for Nazi party leaders and contained photographs of German cities, official construction projects, art works, and Nazi activities, according to research by the Library of Congress.” (via AP)

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Research Guide to Holocaust-Related Holdings at Library and Archives Canada Launched at a Reception for Delegates of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

“Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officially launched today the Research Guide to Holocaust-related Holdings at LAC in conjunction with meetings of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in Toronto. The Guide will help researchers find material relating to a broad range of events and decisions that took place before, during and after World War II. It catalogues the extensive Holocaust resources preserved at Library and Archives Canada, including rare books, personal accounts, government files and interviews.” (via Market Wired)

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Nazi-Looted Books Spell Decades of Labor for Libraries

“Arthur Goldschmidt, a Leipzig dealer in animal feed and an exporter to South America, was more passionate about books than business. His private collection numbered 40,000 carefully indexed volumes and he engaged a librarian to take care of it. After the Nazis seized power in 1933, Goldschmidt was persecuted as a Jew; his assets were liquidated and his company confiscated. For survival, he sold his treasured collection of 2,000 almanacs — spanning three centuries — for a pittance to the Goethe and Schiller Archive in Weimar. He fled in 1938. His grandson Tomas Goldschmidt, who was a toddler when Arthur died in poverty in Bolivia in 1951, had no idea the collection had survived until he was contacted by the London- based Commission for Looted Art in Europe — 70 years after his grandfather’s escape. The commission traced him at the request of the Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar.” (via Businessweek)

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Rare Nazi book donated to holocaust museum

“When a La Grange Park Public Library employee noticed the German word for secret written inside the front cover of an old book donated to the library, she knew it wasn’t the typical anonymous gift. An envelope tucked inside its pages gave more clues to its significance a document of the Third Reich’s industrial build-up to World War II in Germany. The return address was for Paul Pleiger, who was selected by Nazi party leader Hermann Göring, to oversee the industrial push to produce iron, steel and other material necessities for conducting the war.”

via Chicago Tribune

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