Holocaust Memorial Center “Babyn Yar” will digitize 1.5 million archival documents about the life of the Jews of Ukraine in the 19th-20th centuries

| Номер: September 2022

The Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center announced the start of a 48-hour fundraising campaign to preserve unique archival documents about Jewish life in Ukraine.

Within two days, it is planned to raise $250,000, which will be used to digitize more than 1.5 million archival documents about the life of the Jews of Ukraine in the 19th and 20th centuries, with their subsequent opening to the whole world. Particular attention will be paid to 10 border regions of Eastern and Southern Ukraine, as well as the central regions.

You can join the campaign and donate at the link: https://www.charidy.com/babynyar

As explained in the Memorial Center, the need to intensify the process of digitizing archival documents is due to the fact that because of the ongoing war of Russia against Ukraine, unique paper archives can be destroyed or damaged at any time during continuous shelling.

The specialists of the Memorial Center plan to digitize parish books, books of the rabbinate, official records and other documents reflecting the composition of the population of the specified period.

The Memorial Center already has rich experience in creating online archives and cooperating with the world’s largest archival institutions. In particular, in partnership with the State Archival Service of Ukraine, Yad Vashem, the Bundesarchiv and the Central Archive of the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem, the Memorial Center staff managed to identify thousands of previously unknown victims of the Holocaust and collect the largest online archive in Ukraine with 2 million documents of the 20th century.