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  • Digitization of the frontline archives of Ukraine
    Рosted 10 January 2023 11:23

    The joint project of the State Archival Service of Ukraine with the Holocaust Memorial Center, involving the digitization of documents related to the history of the Jewish and Ukrainian people of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was activated by both sides last December and will continue until the end of 2023. First of all, the documents of the state archives of the front-line and border regions with the aggressor country are being digitized. The project involves close cooperation with foreign partners, thanks to whose financial assistance the project team plans to process over a million scan copies.

    Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Ukrainian archives have been under threat of destruction due to hostilities and rocket strikes, there have been recorded cases of theft by the occupiers of the State Archives of Kherson Region, damage to the premises of the State Archives of Kyiv, Kharkiv and Chernihiv Regions.

    The joint project of the State Archival Service of Ukraine and the Memorial is aimed at ensuring the preservation of historical documents, protection against the destruction of cultural and historical heritage, restoration of documentary facts about the events of the Holocaust, and provides free online access to unique information, including for the purpose of searching for information about ancestors in wartime conditions.

    During December 2022, it was possible to create scan copies of almost 70,000 documents, which are displayed in the online archive. It is one of the largest online archives in Eastern Europe with more than 2 million documents of the 20th century, with the help of which thousands of requests from different countries have been processed and hundreds of people were assisted in the search for missing individuals.


    Reference: The Agreement of Cooperation between the State Archives of Chernihiv Region and Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center was signed on October 30, 2020.