The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in New York has released a huge collection of documents and photographs from the World War II era documenting the agency’s work rescuing and providing relief during and after the Holocaust. Titled “Our Shared Legacy” and freely available online at, the collection includes over 500,000 names and over 1,000 photographs of Holocaust victims and survivors, including information about Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel and former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The database follows the JDC’s efforts on behalf of postwar refugees in 24 countries, from Lithuania to Japan. Previously, the archives were kept in a storage warehouse, but volunteers have been working for a year to enter names and scan fragile documents and pictures into a searchable database that is now accessible to the public for the first time.