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World Memory Project Video Receives Award

We’re pleased to announce that the video of Holocaust survivor Sol Finkelstein discovering the details of his father’s fate has won a 2012 DoGooder Nonprofit Video Award for best storytelling. The video was chosen by public voting on YouTube, after having been selected as one of ten finalists in its category.

YouTube and See3 Communications sponsored the contest, with support from Cisco, the Case Foundation, and the Nonprofit Technology Network.

“Yes, That’s My Father,” created by the Museum and Ancestry.com, shows how Museum staff determined the date and location of Sol’s father’s death, enabling his family to visit his grave in Austria, and provided Sol with a photo of his father – the first time he had seen his father’s face in nearly 65 years.

To help make information about individual Holocaust victims searchable for survivors and their loved ones, sign up to participate in the World Memory Project today at www.ancestry.com/wmp.

“By building the world’s largest online resource of this information, the World Memory Project will enable more families to discover missing relatives and facts about their past. Every family that lost a loved one deserves to know the truth,” says World Memory Project Director Lisa Pearl.

Since the project was launched nearly a year ago, more than 2,400 contributors from around the world have helped key more than 1.2 million records on individual victims of the Holocaust from the Museum’s archives. Information from these records is being made searchable for free via Ancestry.com.

Anyone, anywhere can contribute to this effort by simply entering information from historical records, one fact at a time, into online databases. Just a few minutes of your time could mean the world to someone else.