Digital Primary Resources: Soviet Jewish veterans of WWII (HNet)

HNet: Digital Primary Resources: Soviet Jewish veterans of WWII. “The Blavatnik Archive (BAF) is pleased to announce that 2,700 of 12,921 total items in the Veteran Testimonies & Ephemera Collection are fully digitized, cataloged, and accessible online… BAF’s Veteran Testimonies & Ephemera Collection, the largest collection in the world on the experience of Jews in the ranks of the Soviet armed forces during WWII, was launched in 2006. Nearly 1,200 unique video testimonies by veteran soldiers and partisans have been recorded in eleven countries, mostly during the period of 2006-2014.”

Canberra Times (Australia): National Archives signs $4.4m contract to digitise World War II service records

Canberra Times (Australia): National Archives signs $4.4m contract to digitise World War II service records. “The National Archives of Australia said on Tuesday it had signed contracts worth $4.4 million to digitise more than 650,000 service records. Among the records to be saved, and which will be available for free online, are photographs of servicemen and women which were previously at-risk of deterioration.”

Leeds University Library Blog: New online exhibitions using items from the University of Leeds Archive

Leeds University Library Blog: New online exhibitions using items from the University of Leeds Archive. “Three upcoming online exhibitions explore the diverse subjects represented in the Leeds University Archive. From the history of the campus and its coat of arms to the university’s involvement in the First and Second World Wars, the exhibitions touch on the range of material in the archive which preserves the records of the University of Leeds and its predecessors giving us an insight into past University life.”

RTL Today: Brochure on World War Two in Luxembourg launched in four languages

RTL Today (Luxembourg): Brochure on World War Two in Luxembourg launched in four languages. “The Committee for the Remembrance of the Second World War launched a brochure which aims to familiarise, and therefore sensibilise, the younger generations with the events that occurred in Luxembourg 80 years ago. The brochure also includes a pedagogical guide that was created by the Centre for political education, as well as a new website. It will appear in Luxembourgish, German, French, and English.”

Southern Daily Echo: New website pays tribute to Far East prisoners of war

Southern Daily Echo: New website pays tribute to Far East prisoners of war. “THANKS to the untiring efforts of Earl Mountbatten and the 14th Army, the P&O steamship Corfu left Rangoon, in what was Burma, in September 1945 carrying over a thousand former Far East Prisoners of War. On the wet and dreary morning of October 7, 1945, she docked in Southampton, the first of a small armada of 28 assorted passenger ships that brought more than 20,000 released captives back to Southampton from South-East Asia over the winter of 1945/46, whilst 24 ships docked in Liverpool between October 8 and mid-December.”

Northern Arizona University: Martin-Springer Institute’s new online exhibit shows World War II Europe from a GI’s view

Northern Arizona University: Martin-Springer Institute’s new online exhibit shows World War II Europe from a GI’s view. “James Kuykendall was an amateur photographer who documented his 1942-46 tour through southwest Germany and other Nazi-occupied territories in more than 500 pictures. The collection came to the Martin-Springer Institute after Carol Wittmeier, a physical therapist then living in California, heard that Kuykendall’s descendants were unsure of what to do with the photographs and were considering throwing them out.”

Jerusalem Post: USC Shoah Foundation launched new partnership with JewishGen. org

Jerusalem Post: USC Shoah Foundation launched new partnership with JewishGen. org. “Jewish genealogy service and affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, JewishGen.org, will be partnering with the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive to integrate the data from the nearly 50,000 available Jewish Holocaust survivor testimonies onto its platform.”

Daily Record: Online historical resource for Perthshire’s air force heroes launches

Daily Record: Online historical resource for Perthshire’s air force heroes launches. “A Perthshire author with a love of flying history has put together a database of local folk who served in the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and The Royal Air Force (RAF) during both world wars. Ken Bruce is author of ‘Where Sky and Summit Meet: Flight over Perthshire – A History: Tales of Pilots, Airfields, Aeronautical Feats, and War’.”

Japanese Canadian internment: Over 40,000 pages and 180 photographs digitized by the DigiLab (Library and Archives Canada)

Library and Archives Canada Blog: Japanese Canadian internment: Over 40,000 pages and 180 photographs digitized by the DigiLab. “Landscapes of Injustice is a major, seven-year humanities and social justice project led by the University of Victoria, joined to date by fifteen cultural, academic and federal partners, including Library and Archives Canada. The purpose of this project is to research and make known the history of the dispossession—the forced sale of Japanese-Canadian-owned property made legal by Order in Council 1943-0469 (19 January 1943) during the Second World War.”

Newsweek: PBS Gives You a Virtual Experience of Being Japanese American During WWII

Newsweek: PBS Gives You a Virtual Experience of Being Japanese American During WWII. “‘Prisoner in My Homeland’ is the sixth game in the free interactive educational series. The game shows middle and high school students what life was like through the eyes of a Japanese American teenager named Henry Tanaka during World War II. In the game, Tanaka’s family is forced to leave their home on Bainbridge Island, Washington, for a prison camp in Manzanar, California. Players will make decisions based on survival and resistance, and challenge them to think about whether they should help their community, focus on family, support the war effort or resist injustice.”

Deutsche Welle: TikTok Holocaust trend ‘harmful,’ says Auschwitz museum

Deutsche Welle: TikTok Holocaust trend ‘harmful,’ says Auschwitz museum. “The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum and memorial spoke out against a new trend on social media platform TikTok where users role-play as holocaust victims, in a statement released on Wednesday. ‘The “victims” trend on TikTok can be hurtful and offensive,’ said the museum at the site of the former Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in a statement, adding that some of the videos trivialized history.”

Hankyoreh: S. Korea to release records showing Japan’s mobilization of Korean girls and women into forced labor

Hankyoreh: S. Korea to release records showing Japan’s mobilization of Korean girls and women into forced labor. “On the 75th anniversary of Korea’s liberation by US forces from Japanese the colonial occupation, the National Archives of Korea, the National Library of Korea, and the Northeast Asian History Foundation have released records from the colonial occupation related to the poorly known issue of the labor conscription of women and children. The archives also contained newspaper articles and other documents that were published in support of their conscription.”

New York Times: After Atomic Bombings, These Photographers Worked Under Mushroom Clouds

New York Times: After Atomic Bombings, These Photographers Worked Under Mushroom Clouds. “The idea of publishing in the United States images from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings was first proposed to the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 by the Anti-Nuclear Photographers’ Movement of Japan, one of the organizations that have worked for decades to collect and preserve such photographs. The group was seeking an American publisher because it worried about rising tensions enveloping North Korea, Japan and the United States at the time, and it wanted to broadcast its antinuclear message to a wider audience. Through an intermediary, it approached the Texas university’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, whose collection includes photographs of the Vietnam War by the American photojournalist Eddie Adams….The center’s director, Don Carleton, said that while he initially worried that the Japanese group might use the project to ‘assign war guilt,’ it turned out that the two sides had a simple goal in common: educating the public about the horrors of nuclear war. The association eventually agreed to make its photos available as a digital archive at the university, starting in 2021.” Warning: the pictures are horrifying.

KHON: Library launches digital collection for 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II

KHON: Library launches digital collection for 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II. “The Hawaii State Public Library system is launching a new online collection on World War II. The curated collection called Peace, Prosperity and Progress features video, photos and interviews to commemorate and educate folks about the people, time period, culture and events leading up to the end of the war.”