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. They are included in the institution's vast archives.
 
The library and museum are located in FDR's hometown of Hyde Park, New York. The announcement was made April 24. It was Holocaust Remembrance Day. At the same time, 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. She is the wife of Auschwitz escape and Holocaust chronicler, Rudolf Vrba. Henry Morgenthau was Roosevelt's treasury secretary. He was 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. These are the Morgenthau papers, the records of the War Refugee Board and the Vrba papers.
 
Officials at the nation's first presidential library 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. It is www.fdrlibrary.org.
 
The FDR Presidential Library is 70 miles north of New York City. It is home to more than 400 manuscript collections. They document the Roosevelt administration from 1933-45. These include 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. That's when he and fellow inmate Alfred Wetzler escaped from the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. It was 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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How can there by digital records from WWII?
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COMMENTS (19)
  • nathanm14-ste
    5/02/2017 - 01:09 p.m.

    Digital documentation of the events of the holocaust are created through the transfer of physical documents to digital. This was information recorded by the war refugee board which was created during The Second World War.

  • myahr-orv
    5/04/2017 - 04:19 p.m.

    I think it was a good idea to try and recover the holocaust files because it is beneficial to history. I also think it is important to show these exhibits because it can help people know more about this subject. A third reason it is important because it can let people know more about what people in the holocaust went through.

  • hayleel-ste
    5/05/2017 - 01:06 p.m.

    The Holocaust is still today very important to many people this is a great idea im sure many people support the idea as well. It will help to recover the past and all that happened in that time.

  • samanthas-1-ste
    5/05/2017 - 01:16 p.m.

    There are digital records because people would keep track of everything. People recreate everything so it would be digital.

  • isabellab3-bur
    5/07/2017 - 09:19 p.m.

    Tapes, recordings, and many other old school things were used in WW2. I also think that when researchers came to the camps, they confiscated many artifacts, ( as well as the ID cards the jews had) they recorded that into computers. It's funny to think that people could live without phones back then!!!

  • avah-kut
    5/08/2017 - 01:22 p.m.

    I think that it is a great opportunity to learn about the past because they are uncovering important documents from the past (holocaust). It's great that they are unearthing the past.

  • jobg-bur
    5/09/2017 - 10:15 a.m.

    Well I think that if the holocaust was back alive then so people will die because nobody well not survive and problay somebody might kill other religions

  • solomonm-bur
    5/09/2017 - 02:12 p.m.

    There could be hidden digital documents, probably hidden where no one would guess. To be honest I think it's important to find the mysterious and hidden Holocaust documents to find out what it was like there.

  • brassfieldm-bur
    5/09/2017 - 06:07 p.m.

    We have modern day records through videos, books recorded into a computer, and interviews with people from then. My grandpa was in world war 2.

  • connoro-bur
    5/11/2017 - 08:27 a.m.

    Tapes, recordings, and many other old school things were used in WW2. I also think that when researchers came to the camps, they confiscated many artifacts, ( as well as the ID cards the Jews had) they recorded that into computers. It's funny to think that people could live without phones back then!!! especially with what technology we have today.

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