U.S. Holocaust Museum launches project to identify displaced WWII children
As part of campaign 'Remember Me?' more than 1,100 pictures of children photographed immediately after the Holocaust have been uploaded to the museum's website to try and piece together what happened to them.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has launched a special campaign which seeks to identify more than 1,100 photographs of children who were displaced and photographed shortly after WWII, in an effort to track down their relatives and find out together their stories.
The campaign 'Remember Me?' aims to piece together any information about their wartime and postwar experiences, and perhaps even reconnect families or relatives.
Between 1933 and 1945 millions of children in Europe were displaced as a result of the Nazi persecution, and after the war ended, relief agencies tried to identify and reconnect thousands of children with their families through distribution of their photographs as best they could at the time.
The collection of these photographs has been uploaded to the museum's website in an attempt to track down the people in the pictures, learn what happened to them and perhaps even reconnect them now with family members who were also displaced in the Holocaust.
The museum is urging relatives and survivors who can identify the children in the pictures to contact them with details of their whereabouts and biographies.
Within 48 hours of the launching of the project last week, three people identified photos on the site - two siblings recognized themselves, and a third survivor, recently deceased, was identified by his cousin.
The images come from collections at the Museum, the American Jewish Archives and the Museum of Jewish Heritage.