A.C. Strip has long understood the significance of the diary his older brother kept as they fled the Holocaust with their parents. He turned it into a self-published book that he gave to his brother as a 90th birthday gift.
But Strip never considered the diary to be an important historical document. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is making him rethink that.
Strip’s brother’s journal is one of more than 200 diaries written by Holocaust victims and survivors the museum hopes to digitize and make available to the public with the help of its first crowd-funding campaign. The museum is seeking $250,000 for the project and will begin soliciting donations through Kickstarter on Monday, the birthday of the most famous Holocaust diarist, Anne Frank.
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If their goal is reached, their entire diary collection will be catalogued, translated, and published online for EVERYONE. They hope to stem holocaust denial by the power of so many readily-available firsthand accounts.
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My question is, if it’s such an important part of history, why are they charging money to digitize it?
Hi, @windstonality. You might be interested in my recent post about this, but the short version is that they are not charging to digitize it. They’re looking for funding to cover the equipment, staffing, and infrastructure required to take on a project of this size. A scanner built to handle bound and fragile materials can easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Project managers, techs, catalogers, translators all need to get paid to do their work. It would be great if the museum already had this in their budget, but they don’t. And if they had to redirect funds, then they would have to cut another part of their work.