As noted in an earlier post, today is Holocaust Memorial Day. And if you haven’t heard, Google is now powering Yad Vashem’s (the Holocaust Museum in Israel) search for documents and images.

From Fast Company:

Today is UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and in its honor, Google has partnered with Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Museum, to bring its vast collection of documents and pictures to the web. Over 130,000 images are available at full resolution, and Google used an experimental “optical character recognition” system to transcribe text for many of the photographs, increasing the depth of the indexing.

So I decided to visit my family. The photo above is the information for Julius and Fani Sternberg, my great-grandparents (my father’s father’s father and mother), who, along with many of my grandfather’s siblings (there were 10 in all!) were taken to Auschwitz. (side note: last year my sister had a baby; it’s amazing that my grand father is now a great-grandfather & can only imagine the joy he gets when he sees his great-grandson.)

After digging around some more, it turns out my unbelievably awesome Aunt (my grandfather’s sister - one of four sisters taken to the Camp), who survived,  wrote a chapter in a book title “Children Who Survived the Final Solution” (pgs 90-96). You can read the full text here. It, like many other survival stories, is an amazing story.

Also did some research about my familial hometown - or one of them, at least - and if you want to learn more about Munkacs, go here.

Munkacs (Hungarian; Munkatsh, phonetic; Mukachevo, Ukr.; Mukacevo, Czech and Slov.) was the commercial capital of the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine. Its many names reflect the cultural crossroads of its location. The town belonged to Hungary until 1920, to Czechoslovakia (1920-1938), and again to Hungary from 1938-1945.