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Holocaust records project launched at FDR Library and Museum

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum has launched an effort to find "unique but disperse" Holocaust documents and other related material included in the institution's vast archives.

The library and museum located in Roosevelt's hometown of Hyde Park, New York, announced the launching of the Henry Morgenthau, Jr. Holocaust Collections: A Curatorial Project, on Monday, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Those attending the ceremony include Morgenthau's son, former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, and Robin Vrba (VER'-buh), wife of Auschwitz escape and Holocaust chronicler, Rudolf Vrba.

The elder Morgenthau was Roosevelt's treasury secretary and a leading advocate for creating the War Refugee Board during World War II.

The library project will begin by exploring three of its major collections: the Morgenthau papers, the records of the War Refugee Board, and the Vrba papers.