Saturday, July 30, 2011

The War Graves Project

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The War Graves Project intent was to photograph every war grave, individual memorial, "Ministry of Defence" grave from WW1 to the present. They are now working as a joint venture with the [UK] Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and assisting the Office of Australian War Graves Canadian Veterans Affairs and the New Zealand Ministry of Heritage and Culture enabling families to obtain a photograph of a grave or memorial. As of 2011 they have been able to record over 1.6 million graves and memorials. Look at the countries around the world-not just Commonwealth countries, where a soldier may be buried. Go to:
http://www.twgpp.org/cemetery_locations.php They are continuing to add to the collection. The photograph does require a minimum payment of £3.50, for a 5x7 glossy mailed overseas from the UK costs £6.50-less within the UK. however, searching and obtaining information on the gravesite is free. I have done several searches with "Jewish" sounding Names (Cohen,
Goldberg, Katz and Shapiro) and there are a number of gravesites with those
names.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-Large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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