April 2008

Shalom,

On the eve of Holocaust Martyrs’ & Heroes’ Remembrance Day, Yom Hashoah (May 1st 2008), I would like to inform you of the worldwide efforts of the Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project to provide guidance and assistance to those who have not yet commemorated the names of their lost loved ones who perished during the Holocaust.

Holocaust Martyrs’ & Heroes’ Remembrance Day – “Holocaust Survivors in Israel 60 Years Since the Establishment of the State”
Yad Vashem’s central theme for Yom Hashoah this year is “Holocaust Survivors in Israel 60 Years Since the Establishment of the State”, highlighting the vast contributions of Holocaust Survivors to the building of the State of Israel. For more detailed information on this topic view the online exhibit "To Build and To Built".

Unto Every Person There is a Name 2008
We invite you to take part in the Unto Every Person There is a Name project, a global Holocaust memorial project, now in its 19th 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. Click here for lists of Shoah victims’ names for recitation ceremonies or read the names in this short video and accompanying text, which provides brief biographical information about the victims.

Updated - Free Promotional CD and Posters
Order an updated version of our promotional CD containing short movie clips and print quality files of our promotional materials in English, Hebrew and Russian. To order a free CD or posters please write to names.outreach@yadvashem.org.il and write "Order Materials" in the subject header of your e-mail.

Survivor Outreach Program Adopted in North America
In the wake of a strategic partnership formed between Yad Vashem’s Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project and the Association of Jewish Family and Children's Agencies (AJFCA) the AJFCA has adopted a Survivor Outreach Program to be implemented through their agencies across North America. I have recently returned from an extensive 3-week tour in the US, where I presented outreach paradigms and provided volunteer training in southeast Florida, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York. To review press coverage of the events click: Article 1| Article 2 | Article 3 | Article 4 | Article 5 | Article 6.

International Tracing Service Documents at Yad Vashem
In order to allow easier access to the vital documentation housed at Bad Arolsen, the International Commission of the ITS recently signed a new agreement whereby scanned copies of the entire collection will be transferred to its 11 member states, among them Israel. Part of this material duplicates what Yad Vashem already has, but it also includes new material collected in the last 50 years by the ITS as well as documents not copied at that time. Yad Vashem’s Reference and Information unit will respond to queries sent by mail, e-mail. Click here to search for information via a downloadable form or an online form.

With warmest regards from Jerusalem,

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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