Join us as our partner!
We are building a digital monument to the victims of Nazism. Come and join us! As our partner, you can support the campaign in many different ways.
#everynamecounts is an initiative of the Arolsen Archives. Its aim is to build a digital monument to the victims of Nazi persecution. Ten thousand volunteers from all over the world have already participated in the project in 2020. They are digitizing the names and the life stories of victims and survivors of National Socialism.
We have big plans for 2021! We are launching an international campaign to promote our digital memorial project #everynamecounts. With even more volunteers, we could make a much greater impact by digitizing more names and other data for our digital monument. We warmly invite you to participate and give your support to this ambitious project.
Dates for your diary: upcoming milestones
- Starting in January: We are launching our latest tool, a digital introduction to #everynamecounts! We will not only take a closer look at how to work with the crowdsourcing platform Zooniverse, but will also give you an idea of the kind of documents that our volunteers will be digitizing.
- January 21: Launch of #everynamecounts 2021 with a multi-media installation on the
building of the French Embassy on Pariser Platz in Berlin.
- January 27: Liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp: International Holocaust Remembrance Day. We want as many people as possible to stand together
on this day and give some of their time to #everynamecounts in order to index documents.
- March 21: Social media campaign on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to which our partners, celebrities, and all of our supporters can contribute
- April/May 2021: Expansion of #everynamecounts as an educational project, which will start off in Germany
Who has joined us so far?
Our initiative has already won the support of a significant number of partners: German Minister of State for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters is patron of #everynamecounts; institutions including UNESCO, the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Anne Frank House in Amsterdam are partners, the UN supports the initiative, as well as organizations like the international Combat Anti-Semitism Movement together with their almost 300 partners.
How it came to be
We launched #everynamecounts at the beginning of 2020 with around 1000 school students. The documents came to life for a day, and the students were both enthusiastic and proud to take part in this huge project. Would you like to know how the students felt about the project? Watch this video, to hear what they had to say.
Our more than 10,000 registered volunteers are engaged in countless online conversations that build bridges between remembrance of the past and civic engagement today.
This is how you can help
Make our initiative your corporate social responsibility and become part of a project that both educates and unites.
- Help build a pioneering digital monument to all the victims of Nazi persecution.
- Take an active stand against hatred, discrimination, and racism. Because the root causes of persecution still exist today.
- Be part of an international project that transcends national borders, brings people together, and provides an innovative opportunity for civic engagement.
- Encourage young people all over the world to get involved in remembrance and join in. Now available in five languages: English, French, Polish, Spanish, and German.
- Keep knowledge of Nazi persecution alive, and build bridges to the present.
Milestones of #everynamecounts 2020
(As of December 2020)
Common questions about the project #everynamecounts
But what is even more important is that “Every Name Counts” is all about active remembrance, about giving volunteers the opportunity to commemorate the victims of Nazi crimes. With every list you work on, you are helping victims and their families and friends by creating digital tags that will enable them to find the last traces of the people they are searching for.
Common questions about the Arolsen Archives
In 2013, the archive was inscribed on UNESCO’S Memory of the World Register. And in 2019, the organization changed its name to Arolsen Archives. Today, it is an international center on persecution under National Socialism.
17.5 million names on reference cards contain information on 17.5 million fates. The Arolsen Archives also hold about 2800 personal effects. These are the personal belongings of former victims of Nazi persecution; most of them were found in concentration camps. The aim is to return them to the families and descendants of their rightful owners.
The Arolsen Archives are a living monument that protects the memory of the atrocities committed during the Nazi period that are now being denied by new generations of racists and antisemites. Anyone can use the online archive of the Arolsen Archives to find out about the fates of the victims and ensure that they are never forgotten.