The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) on Monday launched a Website featuring historic records and photographs of over 500,000 people from the Holocaust period. The project, which went online on the date Israel commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day, will make information from the period which has hitherto been available only to researchers accessible to the general public.
At the same time, JDC hopes the new Website will help gather information from friends and relatives of those featured in the database that will help historical research of the period. "I cannot express the profoundly deep connection I felt to my past and now to JDC when out of nowhere my young face popped up on the screen," said Claus Hirsch, a German-born Shanghai Ghetto survivor who found a photo of himself in the Ghetto during his search on the system. Hirsch’s family was helped by JDC in China during the war, and he found two lists on which his family members’ names appear.