Holocaust Remembrance Day

Ruth Pakosz, one of the children photographed after the war, who is now part of the Remember Me Project.

April 8 is Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah), which marks the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising on the Hebrew calendar.

This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The New York Times has created a special resource page on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising for Holocaust Remembrance Day, which includes original Times reporting from the 1930s and ’40s. Their coverage may be helpful for family research as an orientation to the period.

The image above is courtesy the New York Times: “In 2004, a survivor of the Holocaust, Leon Greenman, displayed the number that was tattooed on his arm at Auschwitz.” Go to related Lede blog post »

Also worth highlighting, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum has launched a project to try to identify 1,100 children from photographs taken immediately after the end of World War II. The photographs were made before the children were taken in by relief agencies.

The images for this project have been provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Officials from these museums and archives hope to learn who the children are, what happened to them, and help reconnect them to relatives.

The “Remember Me” Project seeks the public’s help in identifying 1,100 children among tens of thousands who were uprooted by the war. You can provide identification information when you browse the collection by name at: http://rememberme.ushmm.org/pages/browse or in a picture gallery at: http://rememberme.ushmm.org/gallery.

The project website states, “Even if you don’t recognize anyone, please share these powerful photographs with your family and friends. Doing so will increase the chances of identifying these children and will help raise awareness about the experiences of the most vulnerable victims of war and genocide.” The least we can give on Holocaust Remembrance Day is our time and awareness.