Shalom, To mark the UN commissioned International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on Jan 27th I am sending you our latest project newsletter highlighting the expanded scope and global activities of Yad Vashem’s Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Project.
A Milestone in Holocaust Commemoration - 4 million names
Yad Vashem has now identified two-thirds of the Jews murdered in the Holocaust. Of the 4 million names currently known, some 2.2 million come from Pages of Testimony and the remainder from various archival sources and postwar commemoration projects. In the past decade, Yad Vashem has successfully concentrated its efforts in names recovery in areas where most of the unnamed victims lived, including Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union and Greece. Click here to read a press release for more information and help us spread the word by promoting the story through your local media.
“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.
Plan Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day Programming
Holocaust Remembrance Day (May 2nd 2011) events provide a unique opportunity to continue the quest to collect the names of all the Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and can be utilized to call upon members of your community to complete a “Page of Testimony” for each unregistered victim, or to volunteer to assist others with this urgent task. To order materials (posters/brochures), please contact us.
A Mission and a Privilege – Names Recovery Project Volunteers
Read what some of our volunteers from the Russian-speaking and Ultra-orthodox sectors in Israel have to say about the reasons they joined the project, what the work involves, and the satisfaction it provides both them and the survivors with whom they share this emotional journey. Click here to read the article in the Yad Vashem Jerusalem Quarterly Magazine.
New Online Exhibition: The Story of the Jewish Community in Mir
On the eve of WWII, some 2,400 Jews lived in Mir, about half of the town's population. This was a community of traders, peddlers, manufacturers and Torah scholars. Mir was the location of the renowned Lithuanian Yeshiva that attracted scholars from across the Jewish world. Following a string of events, the yeshiva arrived in Shanghai , where it remained until the end of the war. By August 1942, the remainder of the Jewish population of Mir, with the exception of 200 Jews who managed to escape, had been murdered in three waves of executions at shooting pits. Visit the exhibition.