USA Today: Ancestry will let you search online for relatives who were displaced by the Holocaust

USA Today: Ancestry will let you search online for relatives who were displaced by the Holocaust. “Ancestry is digitizing millions of Holocaust and Nazi-persecution records and making them searchable online for the first time ever. Anyone, not just Ancestry’s paid members, can explore the records at the company’s site.”

The Jerusalem Post: Italian Jewish Institutions In Search Of Historical Amateur Movies

The Jerusalem Post: Italian Jewish Institutions In Search Of Historical Amateur Movies. “Between July 1 and October 2, anyone who possesses amateur movies documenting Italian Jewish life, from before and in the aftermath of the Holocaust, is invited to reach out so that the material can be digitized and catalogued. ‘It is very hard to find footage as valuable as those filmed by Di Segni, or by the Ovazza family, shot between 1930 and 1936,’ CDEC director Gadi Luzzatto Voghera told the Italian Jewish paper Pagine Ebraiche on Monday. ‘For this reason, we are interested also in films from the period after the war.'”

Jewish News: Britain’s oldest synagogue Bevis Marks gets £2.7m National Lottery windfall

Jewish News: Britain’s oldest synagogue Bevis Marks gets £2.7m National Lottery windfall. “The grant will fund conservation work and go towards the costs of opening a new centre to tell the story of its congregation within the context of its neighbourhood and nearby East End of London and the broader British Jewish experience. It will also showcase the shul’s array of historical Judaica in one place for the first time, relay oral histories, feature an accessible digital archive, and a partnership with the Jewish Museum will facilitate school visits.”

Jewish News of Northern California: Columns by Earl Raab, Bay Area writer and Jewish community legend, now online

Jewish News of Northern California: Columns by Earl Raab, Bay Area writer and Jewish community legend, now online. “Earl Raab was known for many things. He was a progressive before his time, a champion of a free press, an activist for Jewish causes. And the longtime San Francisco community leader was also a writer, notably as a columnist in this very publication. Now his writings are available once again, collected and organized by topic on a new website set up by the Jewish Community Relations Council, where Raab was executive director from 1951 to 1987.”

New York Times: A Holocaust Story for the Social Media Generation

New York Times: A Holocaust Story for the Social Media Generation. “The teenager’s Instagram posts start out breezily enough. Eva Heyman, who just got her first pair of heels for her 13th birthday, films herself eating ice cream in the park. There’s also a teenage crush. But everything rapidly turns dark. Eva’s Instagram account, based on a diary kept by the real Eva Heyman in 1944, will go live Wednesday afternoon for the start of Israel’s annual Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day.”

‘Home Is Where the Heart Is’: Remembering Kolkata’s Jewish Community (The Wire)

The Wire: ‘Home Is Where the Heart Is’: Remembering Kolkata’s Jewish Community. “The Jewish community in Kolkata is close to extinction – of the original Baghdadi Jews who migrated, only about 20 remain. Most are in their 70s and once they’re gone, the rich Jewish culture and legacy may as disappear from the city too. Jews have experienced cruel anti-Semitism in many countries, but not in India. Kolkata provided a rich and hospitable home for the community for over 200 years. [Rahel] Musleah fears that the community cannot be preserved further, but needs to be re-invigorated and revived with an infusion of people.”

Jewish News: New search for the Jewish dead of Bomber Command

Jewish News: New search for the Jewish dead of Bomber Command. “A staggering 44 percent of the famous fighting unit’s 125,000 aircrew were killed, but no details on religion and ethnicity of the 58,000 who lost their lives were recorded. Now, after talking to several visiting Jewish families, Cathie Hewitt, an archivist and genealogist at the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln, is hoping to add this missing detail.”