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Shoah foundations are organizations that are formed to further the remembrance of the Holocaust of World War II. There are currently two major foundations that are internationally active.

 

USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education is a non-profit organization established by Steven Spielberg in 1994, one year after completing the Academy Award-winning film Schindler's List. The original aim of the foundation was to record testimonies of all of the remaining survivors of the Holocaust (which in Hebrew is called the Shoah) as a collection of videotaped interviews.

 

Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah was formed in 2000, with recovered money from the property taken from French Jews during World War II. The Foundation's mission is to support projects in all areas of history and research into the Shoah, education and transmission, memory, solidarity and Jewish culture[1]. The Foundation is often represented internationally by their Présidente d'honneur, Mme. Simone Veil, a survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp who later became the first directly elected President of the European Parliament.

 

The DNA Shoah Project has started a genetic database of people whose family members - grandparents, aunts, cousins - were victims of the Holocaust. The Project is intended to help identify their relative's anonymous remains, which are still found throughout Europe.

 

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