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www.yadvashem.org Uploads New Material Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day 2009

20 April 2009

Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day (27 Nissan, this year, on April 21, 2009) new material has been uploaded to www.yadvashem.org. A special new mini-site, including online exhibits, photos, video clips and educational material explore this years theme, Children in the Holocaust.

Approximately one and a half million of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust were children. Some children were able to escape by hiding while other children survived by concealing their identities. Liberation did not end the suffering as most had no home to return to, no family to take them in. Special childrens homes were set up immediately after the war, to meet the tremendous physical and emotional needs of the children who survived the Holocaust. One of these home was in Otwock, Poland. A new online exhibition A Time to Heal (Ecclesiastes 3:3), The Story of the Childrens Home in Otwock, Poland, focuses on the childrens experiences from their arrival at the home in Otwock, through the difficult and often painful process of healing and rehabilitation.

The educational material uploaded includes age-appropriate lesson plans for grades K-12, ceremony suggestions, documents, interviews and films as well as other related teaching materials.

With more than 8.1 million visits during 2008, a more than twofold increase since 2005, www.yadvashem.org reached out to visitors from 220 countries and territories - including the United States, Israel, Germany, Great Britain, France, Canada, Egypt, Thailand, Barbados - around the world. Last year, Yad Vashems Virtual School of the International School for Holocaust Studies offered educational materials in 19 different languages to more than 1.2 million visitors who came for online courses, lesson plans, video conferences, community forums, interactive maps, ceremonies, educational units and more.

In addition, Yad Vashems four YouTube channels, in English, Hebrew, Arabic and Spanish have been visited by more than 1.3 million people.