SILive: Advance/SILive. com launches website featuring Holocaust survivor stories. “Today, the Advance/SILive.com proudly introduces our readers to a new website that has been nearly two years in the making. That’s how long multimedia specialist Shira Stoll has been working on a project to document the stories of Staten Island’s remaining Holocaust survivors.”
The Atlantic: Tech Companies Are Deleting Evidence of War Crimes. “…some of what governments ask tech companies to do, such as suppressing violent content, cuts against other legitimate goals, such as bringing warlords and dictators to justice. Balancing these priorities is hard enough when humans are making judgments in accordance with established legal norms. In contrast, tech giants operate largely in the dark.”
Riverfront Times: She Interviewed 144 St. Louis Holocaust Survivors. Now Her Work Is Online. “In 1979, Vida ‘Sister’ Prince saw an article in the paper showcasing the recently opened St. Louis Holocaust Center. After calling the director and offering to volunteer, Prince found that the center was looking for people to accompany Holocaust survivors as they shared their story in local schools. Although Prince was Jewish, she had no familial connection to the Holocaust. She had never even met a Holocaust survivor before. Still, she jumped at the opportunity to travel across St. Louis with these survivors. It was during these sessions that Prince decided she wanted to do more. She wanted to help these survivors preserve their stories. So, she broke out the cassette tapes and started recording. “
Korea JoongAng Daily: Sex slave documents detailed in a full catalogue. “The four-volume publication lists all the documents compiled by the [Northeast History Foundation] since it was launched in 2006 through the end of last year from Japan, the Allied Powers during World War II, China, Taiwan and Thailand. The catalogue can be used as a comprehensive reference of documents on the Imperial Japanese Army’s forceful recruitment of girls and young women into sexual slavery before and during World War II. It also includes records that have yet to be revealed to the Korean public gathered from the Second Historical Archives of China and the National Archives of Thailand.” The material will be put into an online database in April.
BuzzFeed News: The Histories Of Today’s Wars Are Being Written On Facebook And YouTube. But What Happens When They Get Taken Down?. “Dressed in orange jumpsuits, the group of 20 men kneeled in the dirt, hoods covering their faces. Behind them, men wearing black T-shirts and camouflage pants pointed guns at the backs of their heads. Their commander paced beside them. Then he gave the order to fire. As recently as a decade ago, a summary execution like this might have been lost in a sea of other wartime atrocities. But this nauseating scene happened to be filmed, and posted on social media.”
Japan Times: South Korean research institute to build comprehensive database for documents about ‘comfort women’. “According to the report, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family Affairs in 2012, during the administration of then-President Lee Myung-bak, commissioned the Korean History Research Institute of Korea University to set up the database covering domestic and foreign official documents, news articles and records of the victims, among various other items. Work on the project has entered the final stage, with the completed database slated to be made available on a website in 2019. It marks the first time for records related to women forced to work in Japan’s military brothels before and during World War II to be integrated into a database and disclosed to the public.”
Science Blog: Digital Map Helps Historians Get Granular With Holocaust Research. “Looking at the list of names on Waitman Beorn’s computer screen is staggering. The eye blurs almost automatically as it searches through the 18,000 people – recorded by name, approximate birthdate and address – on the list compiled by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Yet, these 18,000 are only a small fraction of the nearly 160,000 Jews who were placed into forced labor or systematically murdered under the brutal Nazi rule in Lviv, Ukraine.”