To coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27), Google and Yad Vashem, an Israeli museum established in the 1950s to preserve the memory of Holocaust victims, announced a collaboration to create a publicly available online archive of Holocaust documents from around the world.
Yossi Matias, director of research and development for Google Israel, was quoted in Yad Vashem's press release mentioning the desire to share and preserve memories,
For some time, Google has been working to bring the world's historical and cultural heritage online. The Internet offers a great opportunity to preserve and share important materials stored in archives.
The first stage of the project has already been completed, with 130,000 photographs already uploaded and viewable at full resolution on Yad Vashem's website.
The project offers benefits for both users and the museum. The information held by the museum on a hilltop in Jerusalem will finally be widely accessible. Yad Vashem also hopes that the public will help fill in gaps in their documentation. In addition to the ability to search and view the documents, users are encouraged to add their own materials in the "share your thoughts" section.
The project was unveiled on January 27, designated as the annual day of remembrance for the six million Holocaust victims. The day marks the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by Soviet forces.