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Newsletter No. 17,  April  2012

Shalom,

With the approach of Holocaust Martyrs’ & Heroes’ Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah (April 19th 2012, 27 Nisan 5772), I would like to update you on the commemoration efforts of Yad Vashem and The Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project as well as highlight the new interface for the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names. Please take this opportunity to help ensure that no Holocaust victim will ever be forgotten. 

New Interface for Names Database

New Interface for Names Database

Yad Vashem has recently launched a new platform for the online Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names, unveiling state-of-the-art features and once again setting a new industry standard. The database offers an improved user experience including: Wizard-based Pages of Testimony submission forms, enhanced search capabilities and Google Maps integration. When the Database was uploaded to the Internet in 2004, it was heralded as a pioneering use of technology in the service of memory. Aimed at recording the names of Holocaust victims through the digitization of data from Yad Vashem’s vast repositories, the Names Database has added 1.3 million names in the past eight years, and now includes information about 4.1 million Holocaust victims. Keeping apace with rapid technological development, Yad Vashem continues to disseminate its extensive resources to a worldwide audience. Click here to read an article about the new interface.

My Brother's Keeper: Jewish Solidarity During the Holocaust

My Brother's Keeper: Jewish Solidarity During the Holocaust

During the Holocaust it would have been only human – natural, in fact – to care only for one’s own survival, without taking anyone else into account. Surrounded by a hostile, murderous society, the struggle for life led people to respond in radically different ways to the unprecedented situations in which they suddenly found themselves. However, documents and testimonies from the Shoah indicate that within this impossible reality into which Jews were thrust, mutual help and a commitment to the other were actually quite common, and were manifested in varied and surprising ways indicating that the individual had little chance of survival without this sense of togetherness and Jewish unity. Click here to read an article about My Brother's Keeper: Jewish Solidarity During the Holocaust, The Central Theme for Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day 2012.

Online Torchlighter Film Archive

Online Torchlighter Film Archive

Each year, during the official Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day ceremony that takes place at Yad Vashem, six torches, representing the six million Jews, are lit by Holocaust survivors. Since 1995 short films depicting the stories of the survivors are shown as each torch is lit. All of these films, containing documentary footage and video testimony, can be accessed (by name, country, or year of ceremony) in the Online Torchlighter Film Archive.

Sapling from Anne Frank Chestnut Tree Planted at Yad Vashem

Sapling from Anne Frank Chestnut Tree Planted at Yad Vashem

A sapling from the chestnut tree that Anne Frank wrote about in her diary was planted at Yad Vashem last month. The Anne Frank House decided to donate saplings to Yad Vashem and other institutions when the tree became sick. Anne wrote about the tree, which collapsed in 2010, three times in her diary, the last time on May 13, 1944, noting, "Our chestnut tree is in full bloom. It´s covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year."