April 2007

Shalom,

On the eve of one of the most somber days on the Jewish calendar, Holocaust Martyrs’ & Heroes’ Remembrance Day, Yom Hashoah (April 16th 2007), I would like to take the opportunity to update you on the recent developments of the Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project.

Names Recovery Month
During the month of Nissan thousands of Jewish community organizations, Holocaust centers, schools, synagogues, genealogical societies and private individuals have joined together in a collaborative effort to recover names of Shoah victims. The overwhelming success of Names Recovery Month is due to the positive responses and active participation of a solid support network. If you have not yet joined this historic initiative, read the original press release, to find out how you can get involved. We are updating a directory of participating communities; please let us know if you would like to be included.

Unto Every Person There is a Name 2007
Names Recovery is an integral part of the Unto Every Person There is a Name project, a worldwide Holocaust memorial project, now in its 18th consecutive year. The project is designed to perpetuate the memory of individual Shoah victims and restore their identity and dignity through public recitation of their names on Yom Hashoah. Lists of Shoah victims’ names for recitation ceremonies are available at the following URL: http://www1.yadvashem.org/download/home_download_remembrance.html#Name reading ceremonies.

Holocaust Martyrs’ & Heroes’ Remembrance Day – “Bearing Witness”
Yad Vashem’s chosen central theme for Yom Hashoah this year is "Bearing Witness", focusing on the endeavors of Holocaust survivors to record their experiences and bear testimony of the atrocities they endured for the edification of future generations.

Promotional CD
In addition to our existing materials we have produced a CD containing short movie clips and print quality files of our promotional materials in English and Hebrew. To order a free CD or posters (available in English, Hebrew or Russian), please write to names.outreach@yadvashem.org.il and write "Order Materials" in the subject header of your e-mail.

Global Names Recovery Efforts
Local grassroots initiatives to recover Shoah victims’ names are ongoing in locales the world over including, Greece, South Africa, Australia, England, Denmark, Hungary and Germany. With more than 80% of names of the victims from the Former Soviet Union still missing,
Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project Manager of Former FSU, Boris Maftsir, embarked on an outreach tour last month, targeting the Russian speaking Jewish communities throughout the United States. To learn more or to receive information about the project in Russian contact: boris.maftsir@yadvashem.org.il

Outreach efforts have also been extended to another previously untapped population segment, the Ultra-orthodox sector. 9,000 Shoah victims’ names were submitted to Yad Vashem at the culmination of a recent pilot project. The names were garnered by digitally photographing dedications to religious books (seforim) and memorial plaques in synagogues. If you would like to assist in this project contact: sara.berkowitz@yadvashem.org.il

In conclusion I would like to express my gratitude to you, our supporters and volunteers, who have broadened the scope of this endeavor to encompass the entire Jewish people, through your tireless dedication to this project. It is my sincere hope that together we will continue to recover the names of our brethren who perished, thereby undoing the efforts to eradicate them by the hands of a most cruel and thorough enemy – one name at a time.

Cynthia Wroclawski, Outreach Manager
The Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Project
Yad Vashem, POB 3477
Jerusalem, 9103401 ISRAEL
cynthia.wroclawski@yadvashem.org.il

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