The Hall of Names
“Remember only that I was innocent
and, just like you, mortal on that day,
I, too, had had a face marked by rage, by pity and joy,
quite simply, a human face!”
Benjamin Fondane, Exodus
Murdered at Auschwitz, 1944
The Hall of Names at Yad Vashem is the Jewish People’s memorial to each and every Jew who was murdered in the Holocaust – a place where they may be commemorated for generations to come.
The main circular hall houses the extensive collection of “Pages of Testimony” – short biographies of each Holocaust victim. Over two million Pages are stored in the circular repository around the outer edge of the Hall, with room for six million in all.
The ceiling of the Hall is composed of a ten-meter high cone reaching skywards, displaying 600 photographs and fragments of Pages of Testimony. This exhibit represents a fraction of the murdered six million men, women and children from the diverse Jewish world destroyed by the Nazis and their accomplices. The victims’ portraits are reflected in water at the base of an opposing cone carved out of the mountain’s bedrock.
At the far end of the Hall is a glass screen onto which Pages of Testimony are projected. From here one may enter a computer center and search the Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names, with the assistance of the Hall of Names staff. The Center also offers blank Pages of Testimony and survivor registration forms.
The Hall of Names was planned and designed by architect Moshe Safdie and designer Dorit Harel.
Hall of Names Opening Hours:
Note: To research additional sources of information, visitors may go to the Reading Room, located in the Archives and Library building (open Sunday-Thursday 8:30-17:00).
Pages of Testimony
“… And I shall give them in My house and within My walls a memorial and a name [Yad Vashem]… that shall not be cut off.”
Yad Vashem, with the support of Jewish communities and organizations around the world, has led the historic mission to memorialize every Jewish victim of the Holocaust by collecting “Pages of Testimony” since the mid 1950s.
Pages of Testimony are designed to restore the personal identity and brief life stories of each individual victim, which the Nazis and their accomplices tried so hard to obliterate. Submitted by survivors, relatives or friends, Pages of Testimony contain the names, biographical details and, when available, photographs, of the victims. They are preserved in the Hall of Names, in Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum complex (over).
Computerization of the Pages of Testimony collection commenced in 1992, and has subsequently evolved into The Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names, which contains additional names identified from various archival sources. In November 2004, the entire Names Database was uploaded to the Yad Vashem website where one can freely access information on the over 4.3 million Jewish victims identified so far, as well as submit additional names and information online.
Millions more victims remain unnamed. The effort to identify them continues. Please help complete this vital mission of the Jewish people and submit Pages of Testimony and photographs of unregistered victims or assist others with this important task so the victims will always be remembered.
You can also help support the project by contributing to offset the costs of collecting and processing Pages of Testimony and maintaining the Names Database. To donate online, click “support us” on the Yad Vashem website. For information on making a tax-deductible donation please contact: email@example.com.
- Anyone can submit a Page of Testimony: You do not have to be a relative of the victim to complete a Page of Testimony for him or her. The minimum information required is the victim’s family and first names, and the name of the place of residence or birth; any additional information is welcome. Victims of anti-Jewish persecution who survived WWII should be registered on survivors’ forms.
- Testimonies given to organizations OTHER than Yad Vashem are probably NOT in the Names Database.
- For a free community outreach guide to mobilize a Names Recovery Campaign in your community or classroom, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org