Holocaust project launched at FDR Library Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau speaks at the launching of an effort named after his father to to find "unique but dispersed" Holocaust documents and other related material, at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, N.Y., on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Monday April 24, 2017. (Peter Carr/The Journal News/lohud.com via AP/AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
Holocaust project launched at FDR Library
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The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum has launched an effort to find "unique but dispersed" Holocaust documents and other related material included in the institution's vast archives.
 
The announcement was made April 24, Holocaust Remembrance Day. The library and museum are located in FDR's hometown of Hyde Park, New York. The library and museum announced the Henry Morgenthau, Jr. Holocaust Collections: A Curatorial Project.
 
Among those attending the ceremony were Morgenthau's son, former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, and Robin Vrba, wife of Auschwitz escape and Holocaust chronicler, Rudolf Vrba. Henry Morgenthau was Roosevelt's treasury secretary and a leading advocate for the creation of the War Refugee Board during World War II.
 
The library project will begin by exploring three of its major collections: the Morgenthau papers, the records of the War Refugee Board and the Vrba papers.
 
Officials at the nation's first presidential library, located 70 miles (113 kilometers) north of New York City, said that by building on existing digital resources it will provide better access to the Holocaust-related records in its archives. The various collections will be available on the library's website, www.fdrlibrary.org.
 
The FDR Presidential Library is home to more than 400 manuscript collections that document the Roosevelt administration from 1933-45, including records on various refugee groups fleeing Nazi persecution and the Roosevelt administration's responses. Some of the collections have yet to be digitized.
 
Newly added to the collection are the Rudolph Vrba Papers. Born in what was then Czechoslovakia, Vrba was 19 in 1944 when he and fellow inmate Alfred Wetzler escaped from the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in German-occupied Poland.
 
The report they co-wrote on the camp's gas chambers and other mass murder operations were some of the earliest firsthand indications of the Nazi plan to exterminate Europe's Jewish populations.
 
"Rudi had a great admiration for Franklin D. Roosevelt and the United States resolve and action to defeat Nazism," Robin Vrba said at the ceremony. "I know he would be proud that all this work is housed in the FDR Library and will be available to researchers online."

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  • monicas-ste
    5/02/2017 - 01:52 p.m.

    This is really great that they're doing this. The holocaust needs to be talked about more. This will be a good place for learning more about it.

  • jacksona-pla
    5/02/2017 - 03:04 p.m.

    Recently, a new project was launched at the FDR library which attempted to find new or lost documents which held information about the Holocaust. Several Holocaust survivors attended a ceremony to announce this new project, and the project was started by searching through the Morgenthau papers, the records of the War Refugee Board and the Vrba papers. Many documents from these collections are now available online at the library's website, www.fdrlibrary.org. This is important because it remembers a very critical and sad part of history. Museums are a good way to be civically engaged.

  • basilek-pla
    5/02/2017 - 03:43 p.m.

    A collection for Holocaust records was created on April 24. It was added to the FDR presidential library. The records included the Rudolph Vrba papers, some of the earliest firsthand records and documentation depicting the gas chambers and concentration camps in Nazi Germany. This relates to civic engagement because it shows a local community coming together to preserve the records of the Holocaust so such an atrocity never happens again.

  • annakatep-cel
    5/03/2017 - 10:39 a.m.

    The library project will begin by exploring three of its major collections: the Morgenthau papers, the records of the War Refugee Board and the Vrba papers.
    The report they co-wrote on the camp's gas chambers and other mass murder operations were some of the earliest firsthand indications of the Nazi plan to exterminate Europe's Jewish populations.The FDR Presidential Library is home to more than 400 manuscript collections that document the Roosevelt administration from 1933-45.

  • noahr-ste
    5/04/2017 - 01:07 p.m.

    I think this is very important. The holocaust needs to be recognized more. We need to be educated about it.

  • maed-pla
    5/09/2017 - 11:26 a.m.

    This article is about a new project being launched in the FDR library which attempts to find new documents about the Holocaust. These documents include the Rudolph Vbra Papers. These records provide the earliest firsthand indications of the Nazi plans. This relates to civic engagement because it shows how the community how people come together and advocate for something they care about. It also is important to commemorate history to serve as a reminder of the hard times and to never let history repeat itself.

  • collinh-pla
    5/09/2017 - 11:46 a.m.

    The FDR presidential library plans to create and expand a new holocaust remembrance collection. The FDR library will sift through and locate all the holocaust documents they have access to and compile them into the collection and digital library. The project will start by looking at the Morgenthau papers, Vrba papers, and records from the War Refugee Board. Collections of these memories are important to preserving the history of the holocaust. History is important and connects society to eachother and its roots. The holocaust was a very important piece of history and everyone should know about it.

  • beatricep1-pla
    5/09/2017 - 07:24 p.m.

    This article is about the expansion of Holocaust documents at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.The staff plans on starting the expansion by focusing on the current key parts of the exhibit. Family members attached to the key documents in question appeared at the ceremony announcing the expansion on Holocaust Remembrance day. This article and project in general is a part of civil engagement that is often forgotten. Remembering the past and honoring those who have fallen, either for or because of the United States, is just as important as looking to the future. As the Holocaust and actions of WWII in general affect people around the world, this is a great act of civil engagement.

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