Beginning today, you can discover 42 new online historical exhibitions on Google which tell the stories behind major events of the last century from 1905 – 2008, including Apartheid, D-Day and the Holocaust. The stories have been put together by 17 partners including museums and cultural foundations who have drawn on their archives of letters, manuscripts, first-hand video testimonials and much more. Much of the material is very moving—and some is on the Internet for the first time.

Each exhibition features a narrative which links the archive material together to unlock the different perspectives, nuances and tales behind these events. Among others you’ll see:

  • Tragic      love at Auschwitz – the story of Edek &      Mala, a couple in love who try to escape Auschwitz
  • Jan      Karski, Humanity’s hero – first-hand video testimony      from the man who attempted to inform the world about the existence of the      Holocaust
  • Faith      in the Human Spirit is not Lost – tracing the history of Yad      Vashem’s efforts to honor courageous individuals who attempted to rescue      Jews during the Holocaust
  • Steve      Biko – a 15-year-old’s political awakening in the midst of      the Apartheid movement featuring nine documents never released in the      public domain before
  • D-Day      – details of the famous landings including color photographs, personal      letters and the D-Day order itself from Admiral Ramsay
  • The      Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – an account of the 1953      Coronation including color photographs
  • Years      of the Dolce Vita – a look at the era of the      “good life” in Italy including the fashion, food, cars and culture

As with the other archives that Google Cultural Institute has helped bring onto the Internet, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, you can zoom in to see photos in great detail and search through millions of items for a specific country, person, event or date. Watch this video for some guidance about how to find your way around the exhibitions.

The historical collections are the latest chapter in the work of the Google Cultural Institute, following the Art Project, World Wonders and the Nelson Mandela archives.  Google Cultural Institute is working closely with museums, foundations and other archives around the world to make more cultural and historical material accessible online and preserve it for future generations.