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World Memory Project Expands Online Database


The World Memory Project, a joint initiative by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and, has made information from three new collections searchable online.

The World Memory Project was launched in May 2011 and aims to use the general public's help to build the world's largest online resource on Jewish and non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust.  The goal of the projects is to enable survivors and victims' families to discover missing chapters of their history, learn the truth about the fate of their relatives, and honor those who were lost.

Thousands of volunteers from around the world have contributed to indexing the more than 1.3 million records now available online.  The records are searchable free of charge on

The three new collections now searchable are:

Poland, Prisoners of War in Lublin, 1939-1941: This database contains information from registration cards for Jewish and non-Jewish prisoners of war from the Kresy Wschodnie area of eastern Poland. Many of these prisoners were held in various camps around Lublin, Poland, from 1939 to 1941 and were later killed in Majdanek.

Poland, Selected Records of Jews in the Radom District, 1939-1945: This database includes information from records created during the German occupation of the Radom district in central Poland during World War II. Names are included of Jews who performed physical labor, prisoners, and deported people, as well as primary school teachers and lawyers.

Soviet Union, Records from Soviet Commission to Investigate Nazi Crimes, 1940-1945: This database includes information from a diverse collection of documents pertaining to the Eastern Front during World War II. Some of these documents were later used as evidence during the Nuremberg trials of 1945-46.

More information about the World Memory Project, including how to become a contributor, is available on