The Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Project

Newsletter No. 24,  April 2014


Ahead of the upcoming Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day , I would like to reach out to you and update you on what's new in Yad Vashem and the Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Project. 


Cynthia Wroclawski, Manager
The Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Project

Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day 2014


Read about the Central Theme for Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day 2014, Jews "On the Edge". 1944: Between Annihilation and Liberation. This year the day will be marked by the situation of the Jews in 1944 – exactly 70 years ago. The expression "on the edge" is taken from Nathan Alterman's poem Joy of the Poor, which so aptly expresses the feeling which prevailed that year among the Jews of Europe, who were in the throes of a double race on which their very lives depended.  It was a year in which everything depended on the scales of time, and the Jews remaining in Europe were asking themselves: will the Red Army from the east and the Allies from the west arrive before the Germans come to murder whoever is still alive? Or, as Alterman wrote, which ending will come first? Events were occurring very swiftly, one after the other, raising serious questions in their wake.

New Online Exhibition -"Stay Together":The Fate of Jewish Families in 1944

Visit the new online exhibition:"Stay Together":The Fate of Jewish Families in 1944. In 1944, the demise of Nazi Germany was already on the horizon. The German army, suffering defeat after defeat, was slowly pushed back towards Germany.  And yet, despite the military losses, the Nazi extermination machine continued to operate at full throttle. Confronted with a brutal reality of ongoing persecution, Jewish families tried desperately to save their members from a seemingly inescapable fate.

101 Year Old Survivor Commemorates Family Members Murdered in the Shoah

The eldest child in a family of medical professionals, many of them doctors and nurses, Dr. Yaakov Trosman (101) of Denver, Colorado was born on March 20, 1913 in Luginky, Ukraine. Tragically in the fall of 1941 his parents, Dina and Natan, his grandfather, Chaim Gersh, his uncle Shmulik Trosman, grandmother Nechama Shapirstein, and many others from the Trosman family and town of Luginky were murdered in multiple actions carried out by the Germans throughout Ukraine. Dr. Trosman and his daughter Dina (named after his mother), recently contacted Yad Vashem’s Shoah Victims' Names Recovery in Israel for assistance. Names Project staff then connected them with Tami Ellison of the YIZKOR project, a partner project in the greater Denver area, who helped access the historical record and print out material for the Trosman family and submit a photograph of Trosman's parents. Click here to read more. 

Yad Vashem's 60th Anniversary Mission

We invite you to join an exceptional and exciting occasion to explore Yad Vashem in-depth, as part of our landmark International 60th Anniversary Mission. This exclusive Mission, spanning two continents, will offer a rare opportunity to experience first-hand the remarkable range of activities conducted by Yad Vashem. Mission dates: June 11-19 2014. Click here for more information. 

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