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THIS is an effort we can ALL get behind.

THIS is an effort we can ALL get behind.

“Social media buffs help find heirs of property lost in Holocaust on the Internet”

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/07/28/social-media-buffs-help-find-heirs-property-lost-in-holocaust-on-internet/#ixzz2aN2r9jLx

“It wasn’t spam…it was from an Israel-based social media genealogy company that is using the Internet to help match property stolen by the Nazis to heirs of the victims.

…Germany has paid around…$92 billion…in compensation…

Part…was earmarked for the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany, a private…organization that works to secure restitution… Descendants can come forward…until the end of 2014 if they find their original property on a recently released list…called the Late Applicants Fund.

…the search for the heirs has become more complicated…most of the Holocaust survivors have died. Descendants…don’t always have…knowledge of their family’s former assets.

But the rise of social media has offered new opportunities to track heirs and close the books…

One of the driving forces…has been…Israel-based MyHeritage, a social media website…that lets individuals build their own family trees…

…Japhet read a report about the Claims Conference’s list of over 40,000 buildings, stores and factories that could not be matched with their original owners. Japhet matched some names on the list to the millions of names that users had posted on MyHeritage’s family trees online.

Japhet put together a team of five employees and had them write a…program that automatically matches…names on the Claims Conference’s list with those on the virtual family trees. So far, they have been able to match about 150 names on the list with names on the family trees.”

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By Doug

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