Google helps with Holocaust memorial project

By Jennifer Lipman, January 26, 2011
The Google-Yad Vashem partnership was launched today

The Google-Yad Vashem partnership was launched today

Yad Vashem and Google have joined forces to encourage more young people to learn about the Holocaust.

From today, the Jerusalem memorial museum’s vast photo archive can be viewed online and accessed easily through the search engine.

The move, timed to coincide with international Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27, means 130,000 photographs testifying to the true horrors of the Nazi regime will be available for anyone researching what happened.

The initiative is also intended as a way to prompt people to find the stories behind the pictures and bring them to Yad Vashem’s attention.

Yad Vashem’s photo library is the largest collection of its type in the world.

Avner Shalev, chairman of Yad Vashem, described Google as “an integral partner” in the mission to reach new and especially younger audiences.

He said: “We’re focused on finding new and innovative ways to make the enormous amount of data in our archives, accessible and searchable to a global audience.”

Yossi Matias, director of Google Israel Research and Development, added: “The Internet offers a great opportunity to preserve and share important materials stored in archives.

“We’re privileged to be able to work with the world’s foremost Holocaust archive on this project.”

Last updated: 3:13pm, September 6 2011