Thursday, October 3, 2013

USHMM: Holocaust History Animated Maps; "Behind Every Name a Story"

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum offers several links to Holocaust History Animated Maps. The information is in a variety of languages in addition to English, depending on which map is selected---use the language buttons on the left side of each map page.

The following are the topics for each map, found at  http://www.ushmm.org/learn/mapping-initiatives/holocaust-history-animated-maps/:
Dachau, Liberation, World War II and the Holocaust, The Holocaust, Voyage of the St. Louis, Warsaw Ghetto, Auschwitz, Rescue, Resistance, Lodz, Aftermath of the Holocaust, European Rail System, 1939 (which was so essential to the extermination of the Jews)

Each map page offers additional subtopics. One of the most interesting is the "Behind Every Name a Story" (BENAS) project from the Museum's Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center--articles relating survivors' wartime experiences. The index for these essays is found at http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007523. It includes, "...any persons, Jewish or non-Jewish, who were displaced, persecuted, or discriminated against due to racial, religious, ethnic, social, and political policies of the Nazis and their collaborators between 1933 and 1945...."