Museum Asks Public For Help To Identify Children Of Holocaust

Click HERE and HERE to watch two brief videos about the search to identify Children of the Holocaust.

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) — The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum asks the public to offer answers on what happened to the children of World War II. 

The “Remember Me” project requests web visitors to post any information on more than 1,100 photographs of children who were displaced or orphaned from the Holocaust. About 1,000 of the photographs were collected by the World Jewish Congress (WJC).

“This project is very unique because this is the first time that we’re engaging technology and social networking in this way,” says Lisa Yavnai, Director of the U.S. Holocaust Survivors and Victims  Resource Center at the museum.  

The museum encourages the public to post on the website’s Facebook page, send out a Twitter alert or to e-mail rememberme@ushmm.org. The public may also call 202-488-0416.

The black-and-white photos depict children ranging in age from newborns to late teens. The photos were taken by aid workers who visited the displaced persons camps.

“Some children, you see their faces and you just have to wonder what they’ve gone through…to get to that moment of survival,” says Yavnai.

The children come from all across Europe including Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, Russia and Lithuania.

“It would be difficult, now that so much time has passed. But I think we’re still learning about what’s happened in the past. With the power of communication now, I’m sure we’ll discover more and more,” says Matthew Halbe, a museum visitor.

At the time of this writing, the Museum says it was confirming a man from France who claims he is one of the children on the site.

Written by Elizabeth Jia
9NEWS NOW & WUSA9.com

 



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