Manhattan’s Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust has announced a new partnership to integrate data from the USC Shoah Foundation into JewishGen.org. JewishGen.org, an affiliate of the MJH that is housed there, has launched a new partnership to integrate an index of data from nearly 50,000 Jewish Holocaust survivor testimonies in USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive.
“JewishGen seeks to connect researchers with family information, while educating them about the history, culture, and values that defined the lives of our ancestors,” its executive director, Avraham Groll, said. “As a result of this new partnership, invaluable genealogical information will be made accessible to the Jewish genealogical community, and a critical sense of communal memory will be preserved and transmitted to future generations.”
There are more than 250,000 possible names and aliases on the searchable database, which holds information on more than 600,000 additional relatives identified in survivor questionnaires. Data provided in the interviews contains potentially valuable sources of genealogical and family information, with details that can include name, place and date of birth, relationship to interviewee, whether the person survived the Holocaust, and place and date of death.
Everyone listed in the database links back to USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive portal. More than 4,000 of these interviews are viewable in video format on the internet, and the other links lead to biographical pages that may contain slideshows of photos, maps, or other information essential to people searching for relatives, tracing their lineage, or studying the Holocaust.
“JewishGen is one of the ways we continue to remember and to educate,” Jack Kliger, the museum’s president and CEO, said. “It is how we reaffirm Jewish life and its value, by committing to uncover each name and committing to return each name to its proper context: the years, the place, and the family to which it belonged.”
JewishGen offers archival collections, resources, and historical information at no charge to the community. The index to the visual history archive records can be accessed via the JewishGen Holocaust database — jewishgen.org/databases/holocaust.