LEHI — Ancestry announced Wednesday it has completed an initiative to digitize and make searchable millions of Holocaust and Nazi persecution-related records.

Building on its commitment to preserve at-risk history, there are now more than 19 million Holocaust records available globally, for free and in perpetuity as part of the Arolsen Archives Collection. 

The archives, which has the world’s most comprehensive UNESCO-protected archive containing over 30 million documents on victims of national socialism, granted Ancestry access to publish the digital records of parts of the holdings. Ancestry has since used advanced technology to digitize millions of names and other critical information found within these records.

The collection now has an additional 9 million digital records from the French, British and Soviet zones of occupation.

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In addition, the company announced a new partnership with University of Southern California Shoah Foundation to publish an index to nearly 50,000 Jewish Holocaust survivor testimonies that contain information on more than 600,000 additional relatives and other individuals found in survivor questionnaires. Both collections are now available and searchable for free on ancestry.com/alwaysremember.

“The Holocaust was a shaping event for several generations, but its impact is in danger of being lost. Recent research shows that 66% of millennials have no knowledge of what Auschwitz was,” Margo Georgiadis, president and CEO of Ancestry, said in a statement. “We have a collective responsibility to those who came before us to preserve this history so future generations can learn from the powerful moments of our past. We are extremely grateful to our partners at USC Shoah Foundation and Arolsen Archives for their help in this ongoing effort.”

“Our partnership with Ancestry is bringing visibility to our unique collection of historical documents about the Holocaust and Nazi persecution,” Floriane Azoulay, director of Arolsen Archives, said in a statement. “The ongoing digitization of this collection provides families of survivors and the general public access to discover invaluable documents and records to better understand their relatives’ fate.”

The collection is free to everyone and includes records with names, birth dates, death dates, relatives and more for the interviewee and those they mentioned.  

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