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"Holocaust Central: The Web Offers Abundance of 
Information on This Tragic Era." 

The Jewish Week, April 11, 1997, p. 86.
By Jon Kalish


    With Holocaust Remembrance Day a little more than three weeks away, 
I thought it would be appropriate to take a look at web sites dealing 
with the Shoah.

    First, a couple of warnings: Some of this stuff is not suitable 
for little ones, so parents should keep this in mind. And some of the 
sites are graphic and photo heavy, which is to say they will take a 
long time to download.

    The amount of material out there is enormous. When I searched for 
"Shoah" at Infoseek, I found 1,079 citations. At Yahoo! I found 125 
links for Holocaust-related sites but that included a small number 
devoted to the Cambodian genocide, the "African-American Holocaust" 
and the Waco tragedy. Virtual Jerusalem's Maven directory (www.maven.co.il) 
has some 60 links to sites focusing on the Holocaust or anti-Semitism. 
The Jewish Communication Network (www.jcn18.com) also has dozens of links.

    Let's check some of the major sites.

    The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington (http://www.ushmm.org/) 
allows you to search its archives on-line, and its web site is a useful 
stop before actually visiting the museum. The Simon Wiesenthal Center 
(http://www.wiesenthal.com/) features 36 questions about the Holocaust, 
a Holocaust glossary and a database of more than 1,500 Swiss bank accounts 
frozen during World War II. Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah 
Visual History Foundation (http://www.vhf.org) plans to make its 
complete archive available on-line by the end of this year. As of March 3, 
the foundation's oral history project had interviewed 13,000 survivors 
in the U.S. alone.

    The Hall of Names of Yad Vashem (http://www.yad-vashem.org.il/) 
is still seeking victims who have not been registered. The public 
is requested to assist in "this sacred task of commemoration" by filling 
out Pages of Testimony forms and mailing them to Jerusalem. The site 
warns that searches for names of Holocaust victims are limited now 
because the list is only partially computerized.

    One of the more participatory sites I came across is the Cybrary 
of the Holocaust (http://remember.org), which has survivor interviews, 
excerpts from books by survivors and a virtual tour of Auschwitz. Other 
sections are devoted to tracing your family, children of survivors and 
visitor feedback.

    My hat is off to Canadian Ken McVay, who founded the Nizkor Project 
to counter contemporary Nazis and Holocaust deniers. McVay and an 
international team of volunteers maintain the Nizkor web site 
(http://www.nizkor.org), which features Frequently Asked Questions about 
Holocaust denial, an archive containing more than 500 megabytes of 
information on the Shoah that is accessible via file transfer protocol (ftp). 
It also carries the Holocaust Web Project, an ambitious plan to put 
hundreds of thousands of pages of documentation on the web. 

[??]tml for the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 
which has an on-line catalog of programs available for loan to schools 
and community groups ...

Anne Frank Online (http://www.annefrank.com/) is sponsored by The Anne 
Frank Center USA Inc., which has traveling museum exhibits and a 
concert tour of "I Am Anne Frank" ... The inspiring story of Janusz 
Korczak, the Polish pediatrician, author and teacher who ran an orphanage 
in the Warsaw Ghetto and went to die with his children at Treblinka, 
is at a Swedish web site (http://www.lhs.se/ped/korczak/) ... The March 
of the Living site (http://www.justsurfit.com/motl/) describes the 
annual Jewish teen trek in Poland on Yom HaShoah ... You'll need a 
Hebrew text program to visit it, but there's a site on teaching the 
Holocaust with postage stamps (http://mofet.macam98.ac.il/~ochayo/111.htm).

    Holocaust-Related CD-ROMs

    "Lest We Forget: A History of the Holocaust" (Davka), $59.95. This 
title offers documentary film footage, photos, interactive maps, 
biographies and audio of original Nazi speeches. Call (800) 621-8227 
or send e-mail to davkacorp@aol.com.

    "Return to Life" (Torah Educational Software), $49. A multimedia study 
of survivors divided into such subjects as liberation, vengeance and 
starting over. Call (800) 925-6853 or visit the TES store at 21 Main St. 
in Monsey.

    "The Holocaust: Remembering for the Future II" (Vista Intermedia), $99. 
Text of papers on genocide and the Shoah presented by educators, 
sociologists, historians and theologians at a conference in Berlin in 1994. 
Call (203) 321-2140 or send e-mail to 74521.743@compuserve.com.

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