Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois 



 

“Researching Individuals with United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Resources”

  • 29 Jul 2018
  • 2:00 PM
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, Ill.

“Researching Individuals with United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Resources” will be the topic of a presentation starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 29, 2018, in the large auditorium at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, Ill. The speaker at this special Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois event will be Diane Afoumado, chief of the Research and Reference Branch at the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. 



Admission is free to members of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the JGSI. Non-members pay $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students. RSVP required: www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/events. Use promo code “MEMBER” to receive the discount.

Attendees will be able to tour the museum before and after the program. Also, attendees will be able to schedule half-hour private research sessions with Diane and Sara-Joelle Clark, information retrieval specialist, at the offices of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Highland Park on July 30, 31 and Aug. 1.

In her July 29 talk, Afoumado will present an overview of the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Emphasis will be on the International Tracing Service collection and the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database. Throughout her presentation, she will focus on how staff in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Resource Center could serve as a resource to genealogists and community members. 

On a daily basis, the museum staff help people from all over the world find their families and learn their fate using several million documents. Additionally the museum continually strives to ensure that the individual experiences of survivors and victims of the Holocaust and Nazi-era persecution are collected, preserved and disseminated for future generations.

Diane Afoumado, who has a doctorate and master’s degree in history from University of Paris X-Nanterre, is chief of the Research and Reference Branch at the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Formerly assistant professor of contemporary history at the University of Paris X-Nanterre and the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris, Afoumado worked for the two French commissions related to compensation to Jewish victims. She also worked as a historian for the Archival Division of the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine-Mémorial de la Shoah.  She is the author of several books and articles.

The JGSI research library and help desk will not be available for this event only.


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