The Impact of One Document

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"Thank you again for sending these records to me. I can't believe I found my grandfather here. It gives me hope I can locate the final resting place of his family somewhere on a list." -- Julianne, Canada "I just discovered that you have a record on my father! This is so exciting. He died when I was six, and reconstructing his life has been very hard. Does this mean you have lots more treasures that are still in the process of being indexed?" -- Simon, Germany These expressions of gratitude come from just two of the more than 75 families who have received information about their loved ones through the World Memory Project. Since the first group of documents was made searchable online in November 2011, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has provided copies of 220 documents to individuals seeking information about survivors and victims of the Holocaust. These 220 documents--among the nearly 2.1 million indexed to date--are priceless keys to questions that have long been unanswered and stories that have never been told. For Julianne, it was on a prisoner of war registration card from Lublin that she spotted her grandfather's name. For Simon, it was a list of passengers aboard a ship bound for Palestine that contained his father's name. "Thanks to the efforts of the almost 3,000 contributors who are making this information available online, we hope to help more survivors' and victims' families learn the truth about what happened to their loved ones in the Holocaust," said Lisa Pearl, World Memory Project director. To become a World Memory Project contributor select the USHMM projects to download. If you are not a currently a contributor please visit www.worldmemoryproject.org to learn how you can participate.

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