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Claims Conference to compile database of Holocaust memories

By Shlomo Shamir, Haaretz Correspondent

Tags: Elie Wiesel, Holocaust

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany is soliciting Holocaust survivors to write memoirs and donate their personal diaries to a new digital database, the group announced during a press conference in New York on Tuesday.

The project was planned in part by Professor Shaul Friedlander, a renowned Israeli historian and researcher who won a Pulitzer this year for his book “The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews 1939-1945.”

Friedlander said Tuesday that “the worldwide Shoah memories collection will rescue and preserve a first hand account of the genocide that claimed 6,000,000 Jews in World War Two. It will be vital to future generations’ understanding of the Holocaust when there are no survivors left to tell of their experiences in concentration camps, ghettos and hiding from Nazis.”