AUTHORED BY CRISTA COWAN (FROM ANCESTRY.COM)
Three months ago, Ancestry and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum launched the World Memory Project. Since that time almost 2000 community contributors have indexed over 395,000 records across 15 different record collections. These records contain information about victims and survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi-era persecution.
We are proud to announce that this generous community completed indexing of the first of these collections in just 20 days.
Following the surrender of the Nazis during World War II the Central Historical Commission of the Central Committee of Liberated Jews in the U.S. Zone, Munich (CHC) collected information about some of the child Holocaust survivors in the Displaced Persons camps. This particular database is an extracted index of CHC questionnaires created when Jewish children were brought to the Children’s Home in Ulm, Germany. The children range in age from four to nineteen and were asked about their lives during the Nazi rule, the fate of their families, their journey to Ulm postwar, and their desired immigration location.
There were only about 325 questionnaires indexed as part of this collection. But, as you can see, we captured each person listed, creating an index with information about more than 2700 individual family members.
Last week that index was published on Ancestry.com.au making these records freely available for anyone to search. Images of the original questionnaires, some with photos, can be obtained directly from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum using these ordering instructions.
We invite you to join us and participate in the World Memory Project where you can help make these victims’ records freely searchable online and restore the identities of people the Nazis tried to erase from history. Even a few minutes of your time can create a chance for family connections that transcend war and time.