Michelle L. Chubenko

Post-WWII Immigration: Using the Digital Resources of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

For many who are interested in their family history, an immigrant ancestor is often no closer than a great-grandparent who chose to travel to a new homeland in the late 19th or early 20th centuries. However, a new generation is coming of age to seek their family history. Just 70 years ago, a new facet was added to traditional immigration patterns with the post-World War II exodus of Central and Eastern European peoples. As the designated repository for North America, the USHMM offers access to the International Tracing Services digital archives as well as many exclusive Holocaust related databases created from ghetto and camp lists, survivor testimony and many other resources. This lecture will introduce researchers to USHMM’s many digital collections to utilize when researching Holocaust and post-WWII immigrants.