The Nizkor Project: Remembering the Holocaust (Shoah)

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San Antonio Express-News
August 3, 1996
Page 10B

"Internet project won't let Holocaust be forgotten"
By Thomas Edwards
Express-News Staff Writer

"Nizkor" in Hebrew means "we will remember," but it is also a 
solemn promise Holocaust researcher Kenneth McVay has taken to 
the Internet so that people will never forget the atrocities of 
Nazi Germany.

Now his task has gotten a little easier with a $50,000 grant from 
the philanthropic San Antonio Area Foundation to the Nizkor 
Project, an international computer web site directed by the 55-
year-old McVay from his home in Vancouver Island, Canada.

The Nizkor project not only provides information on Hitler's 
bloody pogroms but is also intended to counter the claims of 
"deniers" (as McVay calls them) -- modern-day neo-Nazis and 
extremists who use their own web sites to deny that the 
extermination of 12 million Jews and others ever took place 
during World War II.

"They (deniers) think the Holocaust is a Jewish propaganda thing," 
said McVay this week during a visit to the Jewish Federation of 
San Antonio.  "I have come to see Holocaust denial as a function 
of racism."

McVay and a group of Holocaust experts plan a panel discussion at 
7 p.m. Sunday on "Fighting Hate on the Internet" at the 
federation office, 8434 Ahern Drive behind North Star Mall.

The grant will allow McVay and his associates to unveil two new, 
extremely fast computers at an undisclosed location in San 
Antonio -- undisclosed because of threats from extremists, he 
said.

These computers will be linked to others in Germany and Canada to 
provide easily accessible information about the Holocaust and 
hate groups.

The Nizkor Project is not only a tool to fight bigotry, it has 
also "make an impact in terms of Holocaust education," McVay said.

Some of the new material he will add to the web site -- which 
will have sound and movement -- includes speeches by Nazi 
statesmen advocating genocide, 68 volumes of military 
documentation from the Nuremburg war crimes tribunals and 
material from the National Archives in Washington.

Some of the new material is being donated by San Antonio resident 
Harry Mazal, who is the director of the Nizkor Project in the 
United States.  Mazal also has one of the world's largest private 
collections of Holocaust material.

While the task sounds monumental and is expected to take years to 
complete, McVay is not daunted.

"Every item that appears on the net takes away another lie" 
promoted by neo-Nazis, he said.

The web address for the Nizkor Project is www.nizkor.org.


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