Tracing Your Family's Path from a Displaced Persons Camp
Slovenian National Home October 24, 2017
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., has created a searchable database of information on the Displaced Persons Camps and the people who passed through them. Earlier this year, the Holocaust Museum partnered with the Ukrainian Museum-Archives in Cleveland to digitize the UMA's extensive collection of DP Camp periodicals produced by Ukrainian refugees from 1945-51. Working with Kyiv-based Archival Data Systems, researchers have scanned more than 75,000 documents archived at the Tremont museum, creating a resource that scholars and others will now be able to access.
Officials from the Holocaust Museum unveiled the new resource and its search tools at a special presentation in Cleveland, a city that resettled thousands of displaced persons. "Solving the Mystery: Tracing Your Family's Path from a Displaced Persons Camp," was presented at the Slovenian National Home, 6409 St. Clair Avenue.
Andy Fedynsky, Resident Scholar, Ukrainian Museum-Archives in Cleveland, welcomed the crowd and gave an introduction.
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Next, Dr. Diane Afoumado, Chief of the Research and Reference Branch of the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, told about the resources available and how to access them.
Dr. Diane Afoumado
Then, Ina Navazelskis, Project Coordinator at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, told about the Ukrainian and other experience and resources. .
Her presentation included samples of interviews in English with survivors and witnesses. Here are two examples. This first sample interview is with Maurice Friedberg who gave testimony from Eastern Poland.
The second is testimony from Orest Zahajkewycz, a Rescuer from Peremyshi.
Then there was a Q&A session and plans were made to meet the following day at the Ukrainian Museum-Archives for personal searches.
Andy Fedynsky, Ina Navazelskis and Diane Afoumado
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