WASHINGTON (JTA) — The names of 30,000 Holocaust victims are now searchable online through the World Memory Project.
The joint venture of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com announced Wednesday that four collections of names from the museum would now be available on Ancestry.com at no cost.
"The collections contain information on thousands of individuals including displaced Jewish orphans; Czech Jews deported to the Terezin concentration camp and camps in occupied Poland; and French victims of Nazi persecution," a statement said.
The World Memory Project aims to expand the accessibility of the museum’s archival collection, which contains information on well over 17 million people targeted by Nazi racial and political policies, and enable millions to conduct online searches.
The project is built in part by volunteers who transcribe historical records into the database.
"To date, more than 2,100 contributors from around the world have indexed more than 700,000 records," the statement said. "Anyone, anywhere can contribute to the project by simply typing information from historical records into the online database."