This genealogy research led to development of the Simon Wiesenthal Genealogy Geolocation Initiative (SWIGGI) which identifies the location of the houses of their 19th and mid-20th century ancestors on
The Simon Wiesenthal Commemoration focuses, among others, information on his life story, streets and institutions named after him, the Simon Wiesenthal Path in the Martyr’s Forest, which I initiated in cooperation with the KKL, and numerous Simon Wiesenthal Jahrzeit and Holocaust events which I organized.
Additionally, I began researching his family and the 89 murdered family members, many of whom I traced, which eventually led to the development of the Simon Wiesenthal Holocaust Memorial (SW-HoMe). SW-HoMe commemorates individuals who perished during the Holocaust in concentration camps and in their hometowns by lighting digital Yizkor candles. The Simon Wiesenthal Holocaust Deportation Maps (SW HDM) show the destination of the Jews from given cities or countries.
In order to fulfill this need, we developed the Simon Wiesenthal Digital Holocaust Education Platform which enables people to:
• light digital candles for people who were murdered in the Holocaust
• write a short biography, including if available a picture
• express their feelings in drawings and in writing
• discuss moral questions of forgiveness, remembrance, and tolerance
Our first event took place on the 2021 International Holocaust Memorial Day in cooperation with the Istituto Comprensivo Cariati in the Calabria region of Southern Italy. Here is what one of the children said: “I feel pain and anger while reading and hearing about the murder of Jewish Italian children during the Holocaust” and I ask myself “what can I do with it?” And so, the purpose is to enable a child not only to confront these feelings but also to become active. Being able to do something, getting personally involved and spreading the message among others that the Holocaust should never happen again is the aim of this educational activity.
These genealogy skills were also instrumental in the development of the Simon Wiesenthal Genealogy Geolocation Initiative (SWIGGI) as well in the extensive search for the 89 family members of Simon Wiesenthal, my late grandfather. Family members murdered during the Shoah are commemorated on the Simon Wiesenthal Holocaust Memorial.