Shalom, On the eve of Holocaust Martyrs’ & Heroes’ Remembrance Day, Yom Hashoah (May 2nd, 2011), I would like to share this year’s central theme and highlight various Yad Vashem undertakings. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers and partnering organizations worldwide for assisting in the colossal endeavor to commemorate each individual Shoah victim.
Fragments of Memory: The Faces behind the Documents, Artifacts and Photographs. The Central Theme for Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day 2011
Since its inception, Yad Vashem has striven to collect every relevant source of information, each of which enlightens us in its own unique way about the six million Jews murdered and the millions more persecuted and victimized during the Holocaust. Yet some shards remain concealed, locked in the memories of those who were there, still waiting to be expressed in word or art. Especially now, as the generation of survivors dwindles, it is of paramount importance that we dedicate ourselves to continuing the process of gathering the fragments and putting them into context. The tools of the 21st century – the internet, digitization and international cooperation – offer much hope that we will enrich and expand our portrait of events.Click here to read an article on the central theme.
New Online! Connections and Discoveries
Since uploading the database to the Internet in 2004 there have been hundreds of families who have been reunited with, or discovered relatives with whom they had lost contact in the wake of the Shoah. Visit our new Connections and Discoveries section to read the stories of people who survived the horrors of the Holocaust and believed they were alone in the world, while somewhere members of their immediate or extended family still lived, yearning for any bit of information to re-connect them with their lost loved ones. In recent years, new technologies have made it easier to track down individuals around the globe, leading many families to renew their search. Send us your stories!
Shoah Victim finds final resting place on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives
When a Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Project staff member set out to photograph tombstones commemorating Shoah victims at the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem, the caretakers alerted him about a special story. Read an article about the project's undertaking to gather information by systematically photographing personal memorials in synagogues, cemeteries and religious sources throughout Israel.
Marking 50 Years Since The Eichmann Trial
The Eichmann trial was a historic milestone that gave Holocaust survivors a voice in a public and unprecedented forum. The film “A Living Record” showcases the voices of participants and documentary footage from the trial, providing the historical background to their unique and moving experiences and perspectives. To view the film click here. In addition we invite you to visit The Eichmann Trial Channel on You Tube Which contains over 200 hours of trial sessions and a compilation of testimonies.