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Press Conference Announcing Online Names Database

Limor Livnat, Minister of Education, Culture and Sport searches the Database with Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem DirectorateLimor Livnat, Minister of Education, Culture and Sport searches the Database with Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate
Nobel Laureate Prof Elie Wiesel delivering a message to the press conference. Seated (left to right): Yossie Hollander, a son of Holocaust survivors, successful hi-tech entrepreneur and supporter of the project, Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, Dr. Yaacov Lozowick, Director of the Archives Division and Irena Steinfeldt, Executive Assistant to the Chairman of Yad VashemNobel Laureate Prof Elie Wiesel delivering a message to the press conference. Seated (left to right): Yossie Hollander, a son of Holocaust survivors, successful hi-tech entrepreneur and supporter of the project, Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, Dr. Yaacov Lozowick, Director of the Archives Division and Irena Steinfeldt, Executive Assistant to the Chairman of Yad Vashem
Dr. Yaacov Lozowick, Director of the Archives Division, demonstrating the DatabaseDr. Yaacov Lozowick, Director of the Archives Division, demonstrating the Database

On November 22, 2004, Yad Vashem uploaded its historic Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names to the Internet at a very special news conference held in Jerusalem. The Names’ Database, an international undertaking led by Yad Vashem, is an attempt to reconstruct the names and life stories of all the Jews who perished in the Holocaust. The Database currently contains some 3 million names of Shoah victims. With its leading-edge search, cross-reference and display capabilities, the site is a one-of-a-kind interactive platform for commemoration and education.