Yad Vashem, Google to put Holocaust photos on web
Israel's Yad Vashem museum and Google have teamed up to put the world's largest collection of Holocaust documents onto the internet, they said today.world Updated: Jan 26, 2011 20:37 IST
Israel's Yad Vashem museum and Google have teamed up to put the world's largest collection of Holocaust documents onto the internet, they said on Wednesday.
In the first stage of the project some "130,000 photos from Yad Vashem's archive will be viewable in full resolution online," the museum said in an announcement that comes ahead of international Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday.
"We're focused on finding new and innovative ways to make the enormous amount of data in our archives accessible and searchable to a global audience," Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev said in a statement.
Yossi Matias, director of the internet giant's local R&D division, said that "for some time, Google has been working to bring the world's historical and cultural heritage online. The internet offers a great opportunity to preserve and share important materials stored in archives."
The Holocaust commemoration is held on January 27, the day Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz death camp in 1945.