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Join the Fort Tryon Jewish Center (FTJC) and the Fritz Ascher Society for a LIVE DATA ENTRY EVENT to help build the world’s largest digital monument to victims of the Holocaust: the Arolsen Archives’ #everynamecounts.


Opening Remarks

Rabbi Guy Austrian
Fort Tryon Jewish Center in New York

Rachel Stern
Director and CEO of the Fritz Ascher Society in New York

Introduction and Moderation

Elizabeth Berkowitz
Digital Interpretation Manager of the Fritz Ascher Society in New York

#everynamecounts is a crowd-sourced data entry initiative to return the names of Holocaust victims, their families, and details of their lives into the findable, keyword-searchable public record. Participants enter information about Nazi victims and family members from digitized Buchenwald incarceration registration cards, part of the Arolsen Archives’ 30 million document holdings. Data entry for each document takes approximately 4-5 minutes to complete.

The International Tracing Service (ITS), now called the Arolsen Archives, was established by the Allied powers in 1948 as a central search and information center. Today based in Germany and governed as a collaboration among eleven member countries, the international Arolsen Archives has since become the world’s most comprehensive repository of materials connected to National Socialist victims and survivors—currently documenting the persecution of over 17.5 million people. The Archives’ vast holdings include concentration camp, ghetto, and penal institution prisoner rolls; documents about forced laborers; personal effects taken from concentration camp inmates; and Displaced Persons records from the early post-war period, among many other testaments to lives lost and lived under Nazi persecution. More information HERE.

The Fort Tryon Jewish Center (FTJC) is an independent traditional egalitarian Jewish congregation and community serving Northern Manhattan since 1938.

Elizabeth Berkowitz is an art historian specializing in modern art historiography, pre-World War II European painting, and digital humanities strategies. Her writings have appeared in both popular and academic publications, and she has extensive experience as an educator and program developer for universities and cultural organizations. Elizabeth is currently acting as the Fritz Ascher Society’s Digital Interpretation Manager for grant-based projects.

IMAGE: #everynamecounts by Arolsen Archives, Arolsen (Germany)

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