Times of Israel: You can help Nazi victims’ families learn their fates in online archive project

Times of Israel: You can help Nazi victims’ families learn their fates in online archive project. “A huge crowdsourcing project to memorialize the victims of Nazi persecution is bringing together thousands of volunteers from across the globe who are locked down during the international coronavirus crisis. The ‘Every Name Counts’ project, based out of Germany’s Arolsen Archives (formerly the International Tracing Service), aims to make 26 million recently digitized primary historical records searchable.”

Romea .cz: Czech website on the Holocaust launches database of victims labeled “cikáni” by the Nazis and their accomplices

Romea .cz: Czech website on the Holocaust launches database of victims labeled “cikáni” by the Nazis and their accomplices. “The database of Holocaust victims available online in Czech, English and German at holocaust.cz now has a new section containing data about more victims of racial persecution in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, those who were labeled ‘cikáni’ during the Second World War. The Nazis’ racist persecution of those labeled this way affected most of the Roma and Sinti people during the Second World War who were living on the territory of what is today the Czech Republic.”

Michigan State University: Social Scientists Awarded National Parks Service Grant

Michigan State University: Social Scientists Awarded National Parks Service Grant. “This grant will be used to develop The Internment Archaeology Digital Archive, an open digital archive that will host, preserve and provide broad public access to digitized collections of archaeological materials, archival documents, oral histories and ephemera that speak to the experiences of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II in the United States.”

Rafu Shimpo: Northeastern Illinois University Expands JA Redress Collection with Newly Digitized Videos

Rafu Shimpo: Northeastern Illinois University Expands JA Redress Collection with Newly Digitized Videos. “Northeastern Illinois University’s Ronald Williams Library has added newly digitized video footage of the 1981 Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) hearings to its Japanese American Redress Collection.”

New York Times: How Crowdsourcing Aided a Push to Preserve the Histories of Nazi Victims

New York Times: How Crowdsourcing Aided a Push to Preserve the Histories of Nazi Victims. “While the coronavirus pandemic has painfully upended lives and businesses around the world, the lockdowns it caused are providing a unique boost for one group’s effort to help heal a generations-old wound: Nazi atrocities. As the virus prompted lockdowns across Europe, the director of the Arolsen Archives — the world’s largest devoted to the victims of Nazi persecution — joined millions of others working remotely from home and spending lots more time in front of her computer.”

Balkan Transitional Justice: New Website Highlights Serbia’s Role in 1990s Wars

Balkan Transitional Justice: New Website Highlights Serbia’s Role in 1990s Wars. “The Belgrade branch of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights NGO launched a new website entitled Rat u Srbiji (War in Serbia) on Monday to highlight the country’s involvement in the wars that broke out as Yugoslavia collapsed in the 1990s. The site contains information about hidden mass graves, detention camps, the persecution of ethnic minorities, the forced mobilisation of civilians, crimes committed by paramilitary units in the Balkan conflicts and human rights breaches during a revolt in the south of Serbia.”

Radio Prague International: Website Puts Spotlight On Waves Of Czechoslovaks Interned In Notorious Soviet Gulag

Radio Prague International: Website Puts Spotlight On Waves Of Czechoslovaks Interned In Notorious Soviet Gulag. “Thousands of Czechoslovak citizens were among those who passed through the vast network of brutal Soviet labour camps known as the Gulag. In recent years Prague’s Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes has carried out extensive research into this little-known historical chapter – and has just shared its findings via a brand new website. I spoke to the Institute’s Adam Hradilek, who said Czechoslovaks had ended up in the Gulag in several waves.” The site is current in Czech, but English and Russian versions are on the way.

Jewish News Syndicate: Online database with 26 million documents on Nazi victims, survivors now online

Jewish News Syndicate: Online database with 26 million documents on Nazi victims, survivors now online. “The world’s most comprehensive archive on the victims and survivors of Nazi persecution reached a ‘milestone’ on Tuesday by publishing 26 million documents to its online database, including new information on forced laborers and deported Jews.”

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum: destroyed identities — the digital reconstruction of Auschwitz-Birkenau victims’ data

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum: Destroyed identities – the digital reconstruction of Auschwitz-Birkenau victims’ data. “One of the most important goals of the Repository is to collect dispersed documentation of transport lists to Auschwitz-Birkenau. ‘We must remember that about 900,000 Jews deported in mass transports from German-occupied Europe – women, children, and men – were murdered in the gas chambers immediately upon arrival at the camp without registration. There are no post-camp records of them. Transport lists may help us to establish their names,’ said the Director of the Museum, Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński. At the moment, the existing database, which contains information on persons registered in Auschwitz, is being merged with the data from the transport lists. Consequently, as early as in May 2020, the search results at http://www.auschwitz.org will be enriched with over 420,000 names from the transport lists of Jews deported to the camp.”

Carnegie Mellon University: Machine Learning Tool Helps Human Rights Workers Seek Justice

Carnegie Mellon University: Machine Learning Tool Helps Human Rights Workers Seek Justice. “Interdisciplinary researchers at CMU created a tool that can scan thousands of hours of multimedia in a matter of minutes. It can help human rights practitioners build cases against war criminals.”

University of Toronto: Global Database of Atrocities on Cameroon Crisis

University of Toronto: Global Database of Atrocities on Cameroon Crisis. “The database will aggregate, verify, secure, and publish information about atrocities or crimes against humanity committed by Cameroonian military and non-state armed groups. It is non-partisan and apolitical. All documentation will be securely stored and published online with four main objectives in mind: international justice processes; a possible national truth, justice, and reconciliation commission; advocacy, journalism, academic research; and deterrence from further violence and gross impunity.”

Arolsen Archives: Ten million more names published

Arolsen Archives: Ten million more names published. “In the winter of 1945/46, the four occupying powers issued orders to German local authorities, companies, the police, and other institutions requiring them to draw up lists of the foreign nationals, German Jews and stateless persons who were registered with them. Details of burial sites were to be included. A large collection of the documents created in this way as well as other lists from the American Zone of Occupation can now be viewed in the online archive of the Arolsen Archives. They contain information pertaining to around ten million names.”

BBC: How Silicon Valley enables online slave markets

BBC: How Silicon Valley enables online slave markets. “Drive around the streets of Kuwait and you won’t see these women. They are behind closed doors, deprived of their basic rights, unable to leave and at risk of being sold to the highest bidder. But pick up a smartphone and you can scroll through thousands of their pictures, categorised by race, and available to buy for a few thousand dollars.”

Times of Israel: Yale launches Holocaust survivors podcast

Times of Israel: Yale launches Holocaust survivors podcast. “The series launched this week with the testimony of Martin Schiller, a Jewish man from Poland who described his experiences in the concentration and slave labor camps of Plaszow, Skarzysko-Kamienna, Buchenwald and Theresienstadt.”

North Korea: how public execution sites are being mapped with Google Earth satellite images (The Conversation)

The Conversation: North Korea: how public execution sites are being mapped with Google Earth satellite images. “The researchers show North Korean escapees Google Earth satellite images of areas of the country where the escapees either lived or spent considerable periods of time. Focusing on images dating from around the time the reported events took place, where available, researchers then ask interviewees to point out the locations of any killing or body disposal sites of which they have knowledge.”