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Today, January 27th, is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. As such, the United Nations has designated this day, each year, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year, in particular, the theme is Children and the Holocaust.
Over 1.5 million Jewish children, and tens of thousands of other children were murdered during the Holocaust. “We will never know what these children might have contributed to the world,” said the UN Secretary-General. But, we can make sure that they are not forgotten.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has collected over 170 million documents relating to victims and survivors of Nazi-era persecution. The World Memory Project community has, in just eight short months, indexed over a million of those records. But, there is still so much more we can do.
Please visit WorldMemoryProject.org to learn more about how you can help. Together we can make records pertaining to this dark time more readily accessible to those who are looking to restore the identities of people the Nazis tried to erase from history. Ancestry.com has committed to making all records keyed by this community available online for free to anyone who wishes to access them.
Please take 15 minutes to watch today’s Ancestry LIVE broadcast. Take a few moments today to remember those victims and survivors of Nazi-era persecution. Then, resolve to do what you can to help educate yourself and others so that we, as a worldwide society, can prevent future genocides.
Until next time…