Sunday, February 13, 2011

Your Mandatory Daily Holocaust Reminder

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Israeli Archive and Google Team Up to Put Holocaust Stories at Fingertips 2/13/2011

"TEL AVIV — When Google, the world’s largest search engine, joined forces with Yad Vashem, keeper of the world’s largest Holocaust archive, the first thing one Google employee here did was search for his grandfather’s name.
A link took the employee, Doron Avni, to a Google-operated page on the Yad Vashem Web site showing a photograph of his grandfather, Yecheskel Fleischer, taken in 1941 just after he was released from a Nazi-run prison in Lithuania.

Under the photograph of his grandfather, then 27, dark-eyed and gaunt, Mr. Avni was able to type in details of his grandfather’s story. Icons on the page from Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets allow for immediate sharing of the images and attached information.

“It’s a milestone that marks a new era in our ability to disseminate and bring useful accessibility to Yad Vashem’s databases,” said Avner Shalev, chairman of Yad Vashem, at a news conference last month at Google’s offices in central Tel Aviv.

Yad Vashem began digitizing its holdings in the 1990s and has an extensive Web site, but the technology of Google, and the expertise of a team of employees who have been working on the project for three years, will make the information easier to find in search engines."

Holocaust sculpture on exhibit at Temple in February 2/13/2011

"A 450-pound sculpture depicting the life Anne Frank will arrive at Temple Shearith Israel on Feb. 9 and will be available for viewing throughout the month.

The sculpture, “A Tribute to the Life of Anne Frank,” was created by a Holocaust survivor, along with 19 young adults. The massive piece stands at seven feet and took 10 months to create."


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