JCR-UK SIG #UnitedKingdom HTML volunteers needed for the ShtetLinks Project #unitedkingdom

Susana Leistner Bloch

We have received messages >from people who have significant material
about their ancestral town/shtetl and would like to create a webpage
dedicated to the Jewish community that once lived there. Unfortunately
they do not have the necessary HTML skills to create a webpage.

Our webpages are Cyberspace Yizkor Books. Just as the former residents
and survivors of a shtetl took it upon themselves to record all they
could remember and publish a Yizkor Book in memory of the Jewish
community that once lived there, so we, the next generation, should
make sure that whatever we have, every little bit of information that
sheds light on the lives of our people, is recorded and preserved.
The people who published Yizkor Books usually were in contact with
others living in the same town or country. Contact with their landsmen
in other countries was difficult. To us, in the 21st century, there
are no limitations. Cyberspace has opened up the world to us.

What is the time commitment? After the initial design of the webpage
maintenance is not too time consuming: just occasionally adding new
material and fixing broken links. ShtetLinks will provide, if
requested, a template to be used as a "guide" to creating a webpage
and we will guide you through the process.

If you have the necessary skills we urge you to volunteer and help
someone create a webpage dedicated to a shtetl/town, and in this way
honour and memorialize the Jewish community that once lived there with
a most valuable resource for future generations of their descendants.

Susana Leistner Bloch, Coordinator
JewishGen ShtetLinks Project

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