Yad Vashem - The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority
Newsletter No. 14, November 2009

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

What’s New
First-ever Moroccan Educators’ Seminar Survivor honors Righteous Among the Nations
Original Plans for Auschwitz Presented to Yad Vashem

A groundbreaking seminar for educators from Morocco brought 18 educators and opinion makers together for an intensive weeklong period of study at Yad Vashem. The group, hosted by the International School for Holocaust Studies, explored topics as diverse as the historical rise of antisemitism, pre-war Jewish life in Europe and North Africa, anti-Jewish Nazi policy and confronting Holocaust Denial. In addition, the participants learned how to access and utilize the extensive resources available on the Yad Vashem website to enhance their knowledge. “The Seminar was an historic event… where we acquired not only pedagogical tools for Holocaust education, but learned about the history of the Jewish nation and its suffering,” said one participant. The group left not only with essential educational resources for teaching about the Holocaust in Morocco, but having become part of the supportive educational network of Yad Vashem’s International School. Yad Vashem's International School for Holocaust Studies is active in over 55 countries.

Marking the 70th Anniversary of the Outbreak of WWII

In early 1941, Herbert Odenheimer (now Ehud Loeb) was hidden by Louise Roget in her home in a small village in France. He lived with Louise under an assumed identity, Hubert Odet, until the end of the war. Ehud took part in the daily activities of the household, working on their farm, studying in the local school, even serving as a choirboy in the local Church, to help hide his Jewish identity. Louise took care of Ehud, providing for all his needs and providing him a safe haven, despite the difficulties and risks. In October this year, Louise’s grandchildren came from France to Jerusalem where Louise was posthumously honored at Yad Vashem as a Righteous Among the Nations. Dr. Loeb, who lives in Israel, was on hand with his own extended family for the emotional event where he saw his rescuer recognized in a special ceremony.

Spotlight on the Web

New Online Photo Gallery
Original Plans for Auschwitz Presented to Yad Vashem

An Entire Universe,” is a new photo gallery celebrating the survivor families, families who came into being because of the bravery of a Righteous Among the Nations.
The medal of the Righteous bears the Jewish saying: "Whosoever saves a single life, saves an entire universe" (Mishnah, Sanhedrin 4:5). The significance of this saying is best demonstrated when survivors' families – with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren – come together for the honoring of a rescuer. It is not only the life of the survivor that was saved by the rescuer, but that of an entire family that would not have come into being, if it weren’t for the Righteous’ efforts.

Names Recovery

Names Recovery Project Helps Cousins Reunite 64 Years After Shoah

Original Plans for Auschwitz Presented to Yad Vashem

Cousins Veronica Zer and Livia Prince were recently reunited in Israel after having last seen each other in 1945, immediately after surviving the Shoah. Volunteers for Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Project, who were assisting survivors with the commemoration of their loved ones that died in the Holocaust, helped Veronica discover Pages of Testimony that Livia Prince (née Reiter) had filled out for her parents.

The discovery led to an emotional reunion of the two cousins and their visit to Yad Vashem together, where they lit a yahrtzheit candle in the Valley of Communities. "For me this is closure...Not that there will ever be closure," Livia said, adding, “This is history and now we have to talk about it, and fast." Read more about their reunion here.
For more information about the Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project, please contact: names.proj@yadvashem.org.il

Recent Events

Marking 71 Years Since Kristallnacht

A special event marking 71 years since the Kristallnacht pogrom was held in the Yad Vashem Synagogue. The evening prayer service, Ma’ariv, was followed by an address by Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council.

A unique online exhibition, It Came From Within offering information about Kristallnacht, including video testimonies of survivors, archival photographs and Pages of Testimony was highlighted on the Yad Vashem website. The exhibition offers first-hand information and insights into the destruction and suffering inflicted on the Jews of Germany and Austria.

A special series of screenings of the film Human Failure, Winner of the 2009 Avner Shalev Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, took place to mark 71 years since Kristallnacht. The Award is given annually through the generosity of Michaela and Leon Constantiner. The Jerusalem screening took place in the presence of director Michael Verhoeven, who arrived specially from Germany for the event, and Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev, and in conjunction with the Yad Vashem Visual Center, The Goethe Institute, and the Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv Cinematheques. The Film is featured in the Fall 2009 Yad Vashem Jerusalem Magazine.

Highlights from the Newsroom

Feature articles in the international press brought worldwide coverage to Yad Vashem this Fall. From among the press clippings:
Murders Can’t be Heroes, in Haaretz
Aventura woman finds long-lost relative in Israel in the Miami Herald
Cousins Reunite at Yad Vashem - 64 Years Later in the Canadian Jewish News
West Jerusalem Shows its Hip Secular Side, in the New York Times Travel Section

With Your Support...

Over the years, we have collected some 100,000 video, audio and written survivor testimonies. However, the generation that witnessed the Holocaust is aging and its numbers are rapidly dwindling.

Elderly Shoah survivors in Israel are now anxious to record their personal stories before it is too late. Dignifying this important plea, Yad Vashem is now undertaking an 11th hour campaign to videotape their testimonies in their own homes. In view of the race against time that we find ourselves in, Yad Vashem is urgently seeking your support to record 800 testimonies a year over the next 3 years.  

Recording a testimony costs just $585. Please click here to support this important project, specifying in the “Comments” field that your donation is earmarked for the Testimonies Project.

Your generous support will preserve these personal accounts of the fate of the Jewish people during the Holocaust for all eternity. Today, when so many seek to dispute the history of the Shoah, we are all the more appreciative of your partnership in this crucial project.

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Yad Vashem Quarterly Magazine

Original Plans for Auschwitz Presented to Yad Vashem

The cover article of the Fall edition of the magazine Yad Vashem Jerusalem features a compelling issue - how much did the media know about the Nazis’ plans for the Jews? A week-long scholarly workshop tackled this topic - real-time media reports during WWII. Also in this issue - recent educational activities, including an unique visit of Palestinian youth to Yad Vashem; a review of the Third National Teachers' Conference; and a group of special seminars for ultra-orthodox teachers.

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