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Jewish genealogy site helps Lviv digitize wartime records

JewishGen, a non-profit organization and Jewish genealogy website, announced on Tuesday a partnership with the Central State Historical Archive of Ukraine in Lviv to help them preserve historical records at risk of being lost or lost. destroyed as part of the ongoing war between the country and Russia.

JewishGen is an affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York, which donated to the Archives a planetary scanner, a device used for scanning rare books and other easily damaged documents— so that Ukrainian archivists can digitize more of their documents.

The Central State Historical Archive of Ukraine in Lviv is one of the largest and oldest archives in the country and contains more than 1.1 million records, dating back to the 12th century. It is located inside the former Bernardine Monastery and the 17th-century Royal Arsenal in the city’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Olesya Stefanyk, Director of Lviv Archivesaid the archivists are “extremely grateful” for the scanner.

“Ukrainian archivists are doing everything they can to preserve our nation’s historical heritage, cultural assets and documentary memory,” Stefanyk explained. “Some of our employees are currently defending Ukraine in the ranks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces; others do everything possible in their workplace. JewishGen’s support is not only an invaluable contribution to ensuring the preservation of Ukraine’s historical heritage, but also an important moral support.

The New York Museum also financially supports the digitization of documents on the Jews late 18th to late 19th century communities in the area historically known as Galicia, which is now western Ukraine and southeastern Poland.

“We prioritize this work for cities and towns in which few or no Jewish birth, marriage or death records are known to have survived, which makes these records especially valuable,” the executive director said. by JewishGen, Avraham Groll. “Jews once constituted a significant percentage of the population of these areas… The digitization of these documents on a large scale is important not only to ensure their preservation, but also to organize them in a way that makes them more easily and freely accessible to all.