Monday, March 09, 2009

The power of free access

This is open access at its finest. Today this image was added as a featured picture at the Turkish Wikipedia. A year ago, when a smaller version was in danger of getting delisted at English Wikipedia due to size requirements, I contacted the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to request a larger version. They very kindly supplied one, and it has since run at both Commons and English Wikipedia as Picture of the Day.

If you aren't already familiar with the photograph, it comes from the final days of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. A picture tells a thousand words, and my thanks go out to the museum staff for providing a high resolution version. Because of their generous and enlightened decision, several million more people are seeing what happened here. May a holocaust never happen again.

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