Yad Vashem - The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority
Newsletter No. 12, June 2009

What’s New | Spotlight on the Web | Names Recovery | Recent Events | With Your Support | Support Us

Dear Friend,
While we are just at the beginning of the summer, Yad Vashem has already hosted an exceptional cultural event, received numerous new documents and photos to the Yad Vashem Archives and launched a new educational program. We invite you to take a glimpse at some of our most recent activities.

What’s New
Special Concert at Yad Vashem Innovative Program Targets Russian Speakers
Special Concert at Yad Vashem

In a special and moving event at Yad Vashem, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro John Axelrod, performed Leonard Bernstein’s “Kaddish - Symphony No. 3” with a libretto, “A Dialogue with God” written and narrated by Holocaust survivor Dr. Samuel Pisar. The outdoor concert was performed in the presence of President Shimon Peres and with the participation of hundreds of Holocaust survivors. The extraordinary event was sponsored by Mrs. Lily Safra, President of the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation and held in partnership with the Organization of Holocaust Survivors in Israel. This monumental symphony has been performed to international acclaim around the world.

Innovative Program Targets Russian Speakers

Yad Vashem recently launched a comprehensive new program aimed at raising awareness and deepening knowledge of the Holocaust among Russian speakers. The initiative, made possible by a four-year, $4 million grant from the Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), will promote inter-disciplinary projects in formal and informal education, research and publications, archival documentation, Internet outreach, exhibitions, and Righteous Among the Nations from the areas of the Former Soviet Union. As part of the project, each year, two Israeli cities will be the focus of the program. Through seminars for educators and students, activities in community centers, and working with Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans, Holocaust education will be intensified throughout the community.

Spotlight on the Web

Auschwitz Album- Now a Multimedia Exhibition in 4 Languages

Auschwitz Album- Now a Multimedia Exhibition in 4 Languages

The Auschwitz Album is now part of a multimedia exhibition in four different languages: English, Hebrew, Spanish and Arabic. The only surviving visual evidence of the process of mass murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau, this unique document was donated to Yad Vashem by Lilly Jacob-Zelmanovic Meier. The photos were taken at the end of May or beginning of June 1944, either by Ernst Hofmann or by Bernhard Walter, two SS men whose task was to take ID photos and fingerprints of the inmates. The photos show the arrival of Hungarian Jews from Carpatho-Ruthenia. Though the purpose of the album is unclear, it was most likely prepared as an official reference for a higher authority, as were photo albums from other concentration camps.

Names Recovery

Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Facts and Figures for 2008

Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Facts and Figures for 2008

The Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names has been enlarged and now contains close to 3.6 million names of Holocaust victims, all of which are accessible online. The Names Database now contains over 2.15 million Pages of Testimony, about two-thirds of the total number of names in the Database. Tens of thousands of Pages of Testimony were gathered as a result of intensive activity of the Names Recovery campaign in the Russian-speaking sector.
Over 600,000 name occurrences of victims and survivors from archival lists and other documentation were digitized, among them archival documents gathered in Hungary, the former Soviet Union and other areas. For more information regarding the Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project please contact us: names.proj@yadvashem.org.il
To find out how to launch a Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Campaign in your area please access our online Community Outreach Guide.

Recent Events

New ITS Documents Add Information to Yad Vashem Archives Survivor Donates Holocaust Artifacts
New ITS Documents Add Information to Yad Vashem Archives

The ITS (International Tracing Service) recently presented Yad Vashem with some 180,000 “CM1” (care and maintenance) questionnaires from German DP camps. The documents provide information on the fate of Jews and non-Jews who survived the concentration camps, forced labor and, in some cases, war captivity. Yad Vashem also received copies of lists of Holocaust survivors, compiled after WWII mostly by Jewish organizations from different countries. The 55,000 documents helped the Tracing Service clarify individual fates and reunite families. The remaining documents from DP camps in other European countries as well as emigration lists will follow at the end of the year, once digitization of that part of the ITS collection at Bad Arolsen, Germany has been completed.

Survivor Donates Holocaust Artifacts

Holocaust survivor Meyer Hack recently donated personal items of victims of Auschwitz to Yad Vashem. Forced to work as a slave laborer in Auschwitz, in the “clothing chamber” that received clothing after its initial sorting in the “Kanada” storerooms, Hack had to mark the clothes with a red X, and redistribute them as prisoner clothing. Occasionally, he found belongings that the deportees had hidden in the lining of their clothing. Hack managed to keeps some items with him through liberation, and for more than 60 years, kept his story quiet. He has now presented the items for eternal safekeeping to Yad Vashem’s artifacts collection.

Highlights from the Newsroom

Feature articles in the international press brought worldwide coverage to several summer events at Yad Vashem. From among the press clippings:
Jews' Jewelry from Holocaust Donated to Memorial
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Kaddish’ at Yad Vashem
Photos of French Holocaust Victims Added to Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem condemns 'appalling' attack on US Holocaust Museum

With Your Support...

Yad Vashem’s activities and programs would not be possible without the support of our many donors and friends. In these difficult days, when pursuing the important mission of commemoration of the Holocaust has never been more necessary, Yad Vashem more than ever needs you to join us in our efforts to transform commemoration into a lasting commitment to the Jewish people, to moral values and to responsible action.

New At Yad Vashem – Online Tribute And Memorial Gifts

Survivor Donates Holocaust Artifacts

Yad Vashem’s website now offers visitors and supporters the opportunity to make a meaningful gift in memory or in honor of someone special. Such a gift, from $25 and upwards, is ideal to send to a friend or a family member who is marking a special occasion, who has been moved by a visit to the Museum, or to someone for whom the preservation of the memory of the Holocaust remains of paramount importance. Gifts can also be made in an individual’s blessed memory.
Yad Vashem sends all honorees (or their family, if they are deceased) a unique certificate to acknowledge the kind contribution made in their name. The giving of these gifts can only help to ensure the continuation of Yad Vashem’s vital activities.
To make a Tribute or Memorial Gift, please click here.

Belgian Holocaust Victim Carol Deutsch’s Limited Edition Artwork - now available as part of a special campaign for Yad Vashem Supporters

Belgian Holocaust Victim Carol Deutsch’s Limited Edition Artwork - now available as part of a special campaign for Yad Vashem Supporters

In war-torn Antwerp of 1941, self-taught artist Carol Deutsch lovingly crafted a gift for his daughter Ingrid’s second birthday, an opus comprised of ninety-nine gouache paintings depicting Biblical narratives and protagonists. The collection donated to and displayed at Yad Vashem’s Museum of Holocaust Art, exhibits exceptional vitality and constitutes a stalwart expression of defiance to everything for which the Nazis stood.
Honoring the memory of Deutsch, who was murdered in Buchenwald in 1944, Yad Vashem is now launching a special campaign, offering our supporters the opportunity to own a limited edition replica of this beautiful collectors item for a donation of $10,000. All support generated by this campaign will go towards Yad Vashem’s efforts to educate against Antisemitism and Holocaust denial. Please contact the International Relations department for more information.

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