An effort to build a free online database of Holocaust victims and survivors has reached a milestone. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com announced Friday that records of one million people persecuted by the Nazis are now available to be searched.
The crowd-sourced database was launched in 2011 and is known as the World Memory Project.
Among the collections in the Museum’s archive are names of Jewish orphans; lists of Czech Jews deported to the Terezin concentration camp and camps in occupied Poland; applications for Jews to receive special ID cards; ghetto register books and ghetto worker ID cards; and records relating to the Kindertransport. Anyone, anywhere can contribute to the project by simply typing information from historical records into the online database, one record at a time.
In 2015, project contributors spent 9,806 hours indexing and arbitrating 400,497 name entries, which helped make 248,862 new names searchable online free of charge at both Ancestry.com and the Museum’s Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database.
Contributors to the project come from 18 different countries, including the United States, Bangladesh, Japan, Romania, and Zambia.
Last year, three high schools — the Frisch School in Paramus, NJ; the Charles E. Smith Day School in Rockville, MD.; and Teaneck High School in Teaneck, NJ — fully indexed 6,876 worker ID cards from the Lodz ghetto.