US Holocaust Memorial Museum wins Webby for New Site

June 8, 2012 § 1 Comment

 

“Children. They are the most vulnerable victims of war and genocide. Between 1933 and 1945, millions of children were displaced as a result of persecution by the Nazis and their collaborators. After World War II, relief agencies photographed some of the children who survived to help find their families. Now, more than 65 years later, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is working to discover what became of these young survivors. Will you help us find them?” – US  Holocaust Memorial Museum

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has recently developed an innovative new website that enlists the public’s help to identify photos and preserve the stories of child survivors of the Holocaust and World War II using social media. It’s called, Remember Me?

When this project began, the Museum didn’t know if they would identify even a handful of the 1,100 photos posted on the site. One year later, with the participation of people from around the world, they have identified nearly a third of the photos. The site has been honored by a Webby Award (the “Oscars of the Web”).

Here is an example that I stumbled upon:

Solicitation: “This child was one of millions whose lives were disrupted as a result of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution. If you have any information about this person, please click the “I remember this child!” button below and share with us what you know.”

Visitor’s response: “I know him! He is my father. He is 80 years old, has a wife, 4 children and 10 grandchildren. Lives in Israel since 1948. In the past year our family discovered detailed documentation about his whereabouts during the war, in the camps. He was taken from Lodz, Poland with his parents to aushwitz in 1942, then went on to other camps.”

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