Identification card for Margot Sara Joseph dated 14 April 1939, Cologne, Germany

Identification card for Margot Sara Joseph dated 14 April 1939, Cologne, Germany



Dora: Discovery & Despair

This exhibit features evocative photographs by Alvin Gilens and precious artifacts from the little-known World War II slave labor camp of Mittlebau-Dora, where prisoners labored underground to build Germany's V-1 and V-2 missiles.




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The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust has launched an online Archival and Research Catalog enabling the end-user to browse and search through the archival record groups, collections, sub-collections, folder-level collections, folders and documents.

Archon is a unified platform for archival description and access. The system creates digital objects on the level of individual documents along with the corresponding archival and historic descriptions. Our online catalog allows end-users to view, search and browse historic, bibliographical and archival descriptions in a fully-functional public website. Additionally, the in-house version of the Archon Platform – LAMOTH enables the end-users to acquire digital copies of the documents of interest for research, education, filmmaking, genealogy, as well for other scholarly pursuits. Our Archival Collection relates not only to the History of the Holocaust; by-and-large it reflects the History of the 20th Century.

Once the Archon project is fully completed, over one million pages comprising over 22,000 documents within the 180 record groups will become fully searchable by collections, digital content, subjects, creators and record groups. In other words, the new archival cataloguing system enables multi-vectorial research through a wide array of the subject-matter controlled vocabulary and the creator controlled vocabulary. Archival controlled vocabulary, or the authority, comprises tens of thousands of interdisciplinary keywords. All in all, pertaining to the given archival entity in particular and to a historic discourse in general, the co-related groups of index terms are annotated in hierarchical order by all archival units, beginning from a record group and ending with an individual document and its digital content.

Index terms are groups of subjects that vary with regard to a topical connotation. In the presented online Archival and Research Catalog, the end-user shall find topical index terms, geographical index terms and personal index terms. A topical index term comprises a broad group of keywords, collectively describing the content of the archival entity. A geographical index term reflects geo-political vocabulary of the archival entity. A personal index term mirrors personalities related to the archival entity. The three aforementioned groups of index terms are equally characteristic to the subject and creator authorities.

Archives, like books, if not read and acclaimed, may then not fully serve their purpose. Now, our Archival Collection, even in a testing mode, will shed new light on to the lesser learned and researched themes in the entangled discourse of Modern History.