Illinois-Holocaust_Museum-and-Ed-Center_BbI2To bring out the reporting skills of small town American on the worst genocide, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum will now fish out the archived newspapers tucked in the dark corners in the library of the internet. The museum is now crowd sourcing and is looking out for help from the public in researching on the reactions to various Holocaust events that happened between 1933 and 1945. The museum encourages historians to contribute with news articles, letters to editors, political cartoons from across the country during this period describing the genocide.

united-states-holocaust-memorial-museumThe actual purpose of the project is to call upon the public to answer research questions in this connection. These questions do not have answers yet informs, digital project coordinator, Elissa Frankie, from the museum. Elissa heads the effort. She says that the focus right now on local newspapers in the country. Nobody has ventured into this research so far. The earlier mammoth project named the History Untold: US Newspapers and the Holocaust was unable to reach the finish line. This was due to the intense and elaborate efforts required to gather information and media from across the country inform Frankie.

Moreover, the documents can be retrieved by rummaging through online newspaper archives or after scanning microfilm that are decades old in local libraries. Twenty topics where information was sought includes the boycott of Jewish businesses, the annexation of Austria, America’s participation at the Berlin Olympics (1936) and US Jewish refugees. The project was launched in February, and over 1000 articles were collected from over 900 contributors.

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