10 Jan

Yad Vashem’s French Database of Shoah Victims’ Names to be Launched Today in Paris

This database allowed us to find out the fate of our uncle Chaim Weingarten A”H. For 73 years we didn’t know what had happened to him. We’d heard stories. This one saw him. That one said they knew for a fact he’d been murdered in Mathausen Concentration Camp, but we never had a definitive answer.  It was torturous for all of us, wondering…was he really dead? Did he manage to escape and live a wonderful life?

While we were saddened beyond measure to have the proof, it was a relief to know. We have a yartzeit date, we can have relatives say kaddish, we can lay him to rest — in a way…

A database like this also helps “prove” the murders of innocent Jews, to those who would try and deny each and every one. May their memories be a blessing.

Yad Vashem’s French Database of Shoah Victims’ Names to be Launched Today in Paris

The world’s largest such database, containing over 4,700,000 names of Holocaust victims, is also available in English, Hebrew, Spanish, Russian and German

In advance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day later this month, Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, is launching its Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names today in French. The gathering of the 6 million Shoah victims’ names for the Names Database are a unique aspect of Yad Vashem’s mission to ensure that each Jewish man, woman and child murdered during the Holocaust is remembered. Yad Vashem has created this Names Database in order to make the names of these people accessible to the entire world and as an effort to reconstruct their life’s stories to emphasize that each victim was a human being.

Yad Vashem’s Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project partners with Jewish communities and organizations around the world, urgently encouraging families and individuals to check the Database for the names of Shoah victims known to them, and assisting them to complete the historical record through the submission of Pages of Testimony, photographs, and other personal documentation about the victims.  Continue reading here

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