Saturday, 14 May 2011
These faces haunt me, especially the children's eyes. They are part of 1,100 photographs that comprise an important project developed by the United States Holocaust Museum, called 'Remember Me'. In the words of the project's developers:
Between 1933 and 1945, millions of children were displaced as a result of persecution by the Nazis and their collaborators. After World War II, relief agencies photographed some of the children who survived to help find their families. Now, more than 65 years later, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is working to discover what became of these young survivors.
By publicizing these 1,100 photographs, the Museum hopes to identify these children, piece together information about their wartime and postwar experiences, and facilitate renewed connections among these young survivors, their families, and other individuals who were involved in their care during and after the war.
We hope to gather as much information as possible so that we can preserve the record of their experiences for future generations.
In order to do this, we need your help. If you recognize yourself or someone you know in one of the photos, please contact the Museum’s Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center at RememberMe@ushmm.org or via phone at 202-488-0416.
Even if you don’t recognize anyone, please share these powerful photographs with your family and friends. Doing so will increase the chances of identifying these children and help raise awareness about the experiences of the most vulnerable victims of war and genocide.
-excerpts from here and here.
I know this is not a pleasant topic, but please take the time to visit the project's website and share this information. An essential part of what helped me endure interviewing Holocaust survivors is the firm conviction and belief that such interviews were not only historically significant, but also personally necessary for the survivors. People who have been displaced and separated from their families need to reclaim a sense of identity and family. When the Nazis murdered people, they also took away the sense of belonging of those who survived. Let's help them reclaim it.
All images belong to the United States Holocaust Museum's 'Remember Me' project. View all 1,100 photographs here. If re-blogging any photos, please take careful care to link back to the museum's websites so that people can participate in the project. Thank you!
P.S. You may have heard about blogger being down over the past few days which unfortunately resulted in them deleting some posts and comments on most people's blogs, including mine. If you've left a comment in the past few days and it isn't appearing here, rest assured, I didn't delete it! To be fair, I'm going to extend my giveaway by another week till next Friday, since I don't know how many comments may have been lost on that post. Feel free to comment again if you've entered but can't see your name anywhere.