The Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names is a revolutionary, one-of-a kind resource that has served people the world over as a venue for finding out more about what happened to their families and friends who lived under Nazi rule during the Holocaust. The information on the database has impacted lives and provided a sense of closure, filling in the gaps that were the norm for a Jewish nation struggling to pick up the broken shards of their lives after the destruction of the Shoah.
The act of commemorating the names of Shoah victims on Pages of Testimony serves a dual purpose, providing comfort and closure to the bereaved family and also leaving a trail of biographical information including the names and contact details of those who survived the victims. This information remains on record as a part of the database, to be preserved for all eternity for generations to come.
Since uploading the database to the Internet in 2004 there have been hundreds of families who have been reunited with or discovered relatives with whom they had lost contact in the wake of the Shoah. We share with you here a sampling of these stories that tell of people who survived the horrors of the Holocaust and believed they were alone in the world, while somewhere members of their immediate or extended family still lived, yearning for any bit of information to re-connect them with their lost loved ones.
In recent years, new technologies have made it easier to track down individuals around the globe, leading many families to renew their search. Despite more than 70 years that have passed since the Holocaust, many still cling to the hope of finding missing relatives, or clues to help unravel the mysteries of a missing past.