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August 18, 2013

Holocaust victims’ database expands

Yad Vashem, a Jewish Holocaust victims’ website at http://tinyurl.com/7fyfnaj, continues to expand its collection of names, photos, and biographical details. The website has about 4 million entries, which is about two-thirds of the roughly 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis. Information is still being sought on others not in this database.

In addition to being able to search the database (for name or place of residence), one also can browse the online photo archives, click on multimedia (for video, slideshows, virtual tours) or learn more about the holocaust. The Yad Vashem Library has “the world’s most comprehensive collection of published material about the Holocaust, containing more than 117,000 titles in 54 languages.”

This website should be viewed by all researchers — whether or not with Jewish ancestry. “Let the world read and know what the murderers have done.” (From the Oneg Shabbat Archives)

Yad Vashem also accepts submissions of testimony and photographs. Access is free.

Naval battle in Indiana

A highway sign in Sullivan, Ind., claims to identify the “Western Most Naval Battle of the Revolution.” The Indiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution has written of this part of Indiana’s history in its July 2013 issue of “Hoosier Patriot,” available at http://inssar.org/docs/hp_0713sp.pdf. “Three boats and 50 volunteers captured a reinforcing British fleet of seven boats and 40 soldiers with supplies and Indian trade goods.” Whether this Revolutionary War battle on the Wabash River was the “westernmost” battle, Americans should be aware of this part of our history.

An informative article, “The Fall of Sackville,” in the Indiana Historian: A Magazine Exploring Indiana History (December 1997), can be read/downloaded at http://www.in.gov.history/files/fallfortsackville.pdf. It includes additional information on George Rogers Clark, and Fort Sackville (in Vincennes, Ind.) with maps, resources and a timeline.

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