JewishGen and Yad Vashem
Drive to Record Holocaust Victims' Names
JewishGen is joining with
Yad Vashem –
the Holocaust Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem – in Yad Vashem's
latest drive to record the missing names of Jews who died in the
For almost half a century, Yad Vashem has been compiling the
names of millions of Holocaust victims, but many are still unrecorded.
It has recently launched a new campaign to collect and computerize as
many of the missing names as possible. JewishGen fully supports and
endorses this campaign, which in essence is an urgent mission for the
Jewish people as a whole, with poignant links to our broken roots.
We urge JewishGenners to participate in this campaign and give it all
the assistance they can.
The names are registered on 'Pages of Testimony', a
specially devised form of legal validity. These are held in
perpetuity in Yad Vashem's 'Hall of Names', where they stand in
silent memory of the victims and in lieu of the marked graves they
never had. In the first two months of its current campaign,
Yad Vashem has received over 150,000 additional Pages of Testimony,
mainly from within Israel.
We, JewishGenners, have the skills and resources to help in
First, many of us already have names of Shoah victims in our family
trees and computers. But, all too often, we have never taken the
crucial next step of recording them on Pages of Testimony.
Secondly, we can go out and actively seek names (not necessarily
of our own relatives) from Holocaust survivors and others with
memories of that tragic era. We never had the incentive to
do so — now we do.
All you need to do is to go to
to download a blank Page of Testimony
Fill it out as far as you can
(full details are not necessary) and sign it by hand (a legal requirement).
Then, send the completed form by mail to:
(or, if you live outside the USA, as instructed when downloading
American Society for Yad Vashem
500 Fifth Ave., Suite 1600
New York, NY 10110-1699
Hall of Names
In the light of our special interests, Yad Vashem eventually
intends to make available on its website the computerized names
and other personal details in order to identify specific victims.
It also has plans to collate the names on over 10,000 lists of
victims it possesses from various European sources, so that
comprehensive information will be more accessible to researchers
But, as of now, the "order of the day" is to bring in the
names. Time is running out.
Updated by WSB Jan 10 2002.