22 January 2006
In advance of the first UN-endorsed International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yad Vashem has launched a new mini-site, accessible from its homepage at www.yadvashem.org. The mini-site is aimed at providing information on the Holocaust, as well as helping schools and other organizations around the world prepare to mark the day. The site will be a centralized resource center for all relevant materials on the main Yad Vashem website.
The mini-site will include the following elements:
- Suggested educational activities to mark the day;
- 18 video testimonies taken from Yad Vashem’s new Holocaust History Museum, which provide a broad cross-section of testimony regarding the events and personal experiences of survivors from all over Europe;
- A number of online exhibitions, including The Auschwitz Album, No Child’s Play, Private Tolkatchev at the Gates of Auschwitz, and Montparnasse Déporté - The End of L’Ecole de Paris;
- A map with links to information about educational activities and resources for Holocaust commemoration in different European countries;
- UN resolution calling for an International Holocaust Remembrance Day;
- A link to the Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names.
As 27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the mini-site will also have a link to a photograph taken at the camp following its liberation on 27 January 1945. The photograph, taken by a soldier in the Red Army, depicts 13 children, seven of whom have since been identified, and two of whom have given special interviews to mark the day.