Holocaust-Era Documents to Go on Display

Holocaust-Era Documents to Go on Display
It started as a clear-out job before a house sale and led to the discovery of a window into the Holocaust. Members of the Jewish Community Vienna were getting an apartment ready before selling a building the group owned when they stumbled upon 800 dusty boxes and dozens of wooden cabinets filled with about a half million documents detailing the lives of Viennese Jews during Nazi times.
”We knew there were documents in there, but we had no idea they were Nazi-era documents,” said Ingo Zechner of the group’s 2000 find. Part of the cache, which includes deportation lists, emigration documents, poignant letters and photos, goes on display Thursday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. A related exhibition opens in Vienna next month. The Jewish Community Vienna and the Holocaust Memorial have spent five years preserving the materials on microfilm for a wider collection that will include about 1.5 million documents from Vienna currently stored at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem.

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