Museum Looking for Help to Identify the Holocaust’s Lost Children

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Jean-Claude Goldbrenner holds a photograph of himself from around 1945 or 1946, when he was around three years old, in France during World War II in his home in Potomac, MD

The U.S.’s largest Holocaust museum is looking to identify more than 1,000 survivors of the conflict, and they’ve turned to the Internet for help.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. recently created the project entitled, “Remember Me?”, posting 1,100 photos of children from the Holocaust online. All of these photos, taken by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, the World Jewish CongressAmerican Joint Distribution Committee and other humanitarian organizations, had nameless subjects.

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The museum has now turned to anyone with an Internet connection, asking them to identify anybody who they recognize, whether it’s themselves or someone they know.

The museum hopes that by posting these post-World War II pictures, the history of the conflict and its survivors can become more clear. The museum also hopes families’ connections once lost will be regained.

“The Museum hopes to identify these children, piece together information about their wartime and postwar experiences, and facilitate renewed connections among these young survivors, their families, and other individuals who were involved in their care during and after the war,” the website states.

One million children died in the Holocaust, the genocidal campaign by Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. Millions more were orphaned or separated from their families.

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Zachary Cohen is a contributor for TIME. Find him on Twitter at @Zachary_Cohen. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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