The German National Archive announced on Thursday that some 100,000 digitalized historical photos were available for the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia in a dual project that will eventually make about 11 million photos available for public use.

The archive decided which photos to release first based on their experience of the most popular requests and also worked with the Federal Press Office on the project. Images include documentation of the Holocaust, Weimar Republic era, public demonstrations and other important events in contemporary history.

The digital photos will be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, where users will then be able to attach them to corresponding entries on Wikipedia.

Source (via Genealogy Reviews Online)