Debbie Berman of the Names Recovery Project at Yad Vashem helps to fill out nine Pages of Testimony submitted by a conference attendee
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10 July 2015
Yad Vashem played an active partnering role in the 35th annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy (held once every decade in Israel), which took place on 6-10 July at the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem. The keynote address at the opening plenary session was delivered by Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council. Explaining how the suffix to Jewish names taken from biblical sources changed when Jews wandered from place to place in the diaspora (Jacob to Jacobson), Lau spoke passionately about the importance of roots to memory: "The past goes with us," he emphasized. "Whoever breaks with his past loses his identity."
The rich conference program, attended by some 800 researchers and Jewish genealogy enthusiasts from around the world, included nine presentations by Yad Vashem speakers, guided assistance and access to Yad Vashem's databases at the commence venue and an information booth at the exhibition. An optional day at Yad Vashem offered some 45 participants a special menu of activities, including Holocaust research in the Library Reading Room, tours of the Museum Complex, exhibits, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Archives and lectures on a variety of Shoah-related topics.
For more about the conference,see the upcoming edition of Yad Vashem Jerusalem Magazine, which will be available here in October 2015.