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Newsletter No. 19,  January  2013

To mark the UN-commissioned International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on January 27, I am sending you our latest project newsletter highlighting the global activities of Yad Vashem’s Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Project.

Discovering Family Around the World

Nicole Caminade and Nancy Diamond, Paris, 2012

Genealogists seeking information on Jews whose lives were impacted by the Holocaust often turn to Yad Vashem's Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names. Nancy Diamond of Washington DC used the Names Database as her starting point on a global trek, piecing together fragmented information about her family that had become obscured in the aftermath of the Shoah. For Diamond, the search became a life-altering endeavor, as she found not only interesting facts about the past, but also living relatives in various cities around the world with whom she has now developed close relationships. Click here for the full story and to read more about connections and discoveries thanks to the Names Database.  

Shoah Survivor Commemorates the Brother He Never Knew

In May 2012, 13-year-old Trevor Goodman from California contacted an organization called Remember Us, a group that twins children preparing for their bar/bat mitzvahs with the memory of children lost in the Holocaust. Trevor had a special request – to commemorate a child from Albi, France – the hometown of his grandmother. After accessing Yad Vashem’s Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names, Paul Lerner's information was sent to Trevor. After contacting Lerner, Trevor invited him to fly to Los Angeles to attend his bar mitzvah. For Daniel Lerner, sharing Trevor's bar mitzvah in commemoration of his brother Paul has helped him re-connect with his family's past, in addition, he has formed close ties with Trevor and his family, with whom he remains in contact.  Click here for the full story.

“I Remember" Wall: Yad Vashem Facebook Event to Commemorate Shoah Victims

You are invited to take part in a virtual event marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27 and join people from around the world in remembering a specific Holocaust victim. When you agree to attend Yad Vashem's "I Remember" event, your name and Facebook profile picture will be displayed and automatically connected to the name of a Holocaust victim on our "I Remember" Wall.

Stay Connected : Visit Yad Vashem's Social Network Wall and view all social media updates on a single page.

From Hope to Despair - The Story of the Horonczyk Family

The Horonczyk Family

The Horonczyk family moved from Poland to Paris in 1926 with hopes and dreams of a better life. They adjusted well to life in France, creating a thriving business and expanding their family. The war put an end both to their acclimation and to their prosperity. In the space of a few terrible years, the extended Horonczyk family faced destruction beyond their imagination. The end of the war found the family's few survivors broken and dispersed. The photographs, documents, testimonies and artifacts presented in this online exhibition tell their tragic story.