"We cannot afford to forget this period in our history," said Dr. Michael Kurtz, Assistant Archivist of the United States and author of America and the Return of Nazi Contraband: The Recovery of Europe's Cultural Treasures. "Working with Footnote, these records will become more widely accessible, and will help people now and in the future learn more about the events and impact of the Holocaust."
Included among the National Archives records available online at Footnote.com are:
• Concentration camp registers and documents from Dachau, Mauthausen, Auschwitz, and Flossenburg.
• The "Ardelia Hall Collection" of records relating to the Nazi looting of Jewish possessions, including looted art.
• Captured German records including deportation and death lists from concentration camps.
• Nuremberg War Crimes Trial proceedings.
Access to the collection will be available for free on Footnote.com through the month of October.
The collection also includes nearly 600 interactive personal accounts of those who survived or perished in the Holocaust provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The project incorporates social networking tools that enable visitors to search for names and add photos, comments and stories, share their insights, and create pages to highlight their discoveries. There will be no charge to access and contribute to these personal pages.
"These pages tell a personal story that is not included in the history text books," said Russ Wilding, CEO of Footnote.com. "They give visitors a first-hand glimpse into the tragic events of the Holocaust and allow users to engage with content such as maps, photos, timelines and personal accounts of victims and survivors through over 1 million documents."
So that visitors may more easily access and engage the content, Footnote.com has created a special Holocaust site featuring:
• Stories of Holocaust victims and survivors.
• Place where visitors can create their own pages to memorialize their Holocaust ancestors.
• Pages on the concentration camps - includes descriptions, photos, maps, timelines and accounts from those who survived the camps.
• Descriptions and samples of the original records from the National Archives.
The Holocaust collection is the latest in a continuing partnership between Footnote.com and the National Archives to scan, digitize, and make historical records available online. The goal is to give more people access to these and other historical records that have previously only been available through the research room of the National Archives. This partnership brings these priceless resources to an even greater number of people and enables the National Archives to provide ever-greater access to these critical holdings.