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Newsletter No. 23,  January  2014

Shalom,

Ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan 27th 2014, I would like to take the opportunity to highlight some of Yad Vashem's activities and invite you take an active role in our worldwide outreach efforts for the Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Project.

New on Youtube! "The Search for the Six Million"

Share this video and help us recover the missing names and lost identities of the Jewish victims of the Shoah. Six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, yet the names of close to 2 million remain anonymous. Since the 1950s, Yad Vashem has worked tirelessly to collect and commemorate the names of men, women and children who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. Individuals submit handwritten Pages of Testimony in memory of loved ones, researchers painstakingly examine archival materials, and experts use the most advanced technology available to identify name after name to complete this vital task.  But the work is not finished.  The names of millions are waiting to be redeemed and time is running out.

“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 27th 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.

Yad Vashem Web App for International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On January 27, 1945, Soviet forces liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, discovering the largest Nazi killing center in Europe. Auschwitz has become a symbol of the Holocaust, representing the depths of man's inhumanity to man. Eighteen governments have legislated January 27 as an annual Holocaust Memorial Day and in November 2005, the United Nations passed a resolution to mark the date as an international day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Holocaust. Access Yad Vashem's new web app for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, filled with relevant resources to mark the day 

The Artifacts Collection in Yad Vashem

The Artifacts Collection of Yad Vashem’s Museum includes more than 27,000 items that were donated over the years by Holocaust survivors or their families, as well as artifacts received from various organizations in Israel and abroad. The collection includes a wide variety of artifacts connected to the events that unfolded in Europe during the first half of the twentieth century, that reveal different aspects of the Holocaust. In recent years much emphasis has been placed on collecting artifacts that document the daily life of Jews in the shadow of annihilation, focusing on children’s games, artifacts created in the camps, artifacts testifying to spiritual endurance and artifacts demonstrating the struggle to live a normal life in a difficult, if not impossible, reality. Click here for more about the collection.