Since 1955, Yad Vashem has worked to fulfill its mandate to preserve the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust by collecting their names, the ultimate representation of a person’s identity. Millions of victims remain unidentified. Yad Vashem urgently calls upon Jewish communities to recover their names through a worldwide Names Recovery Project. Unless we assume collective responsibility for completing this vital mission, some of them may be lost forever. This is a race against time, before those who remember them are no longer with us.
For more information visit Yad Vahem's Remembrance Page.
I loved this program and am very happy I participated. I would like to visit Poland some day to explore more about the Jewish community that existed before the war. I knew that I would feel bereft at the camps, etc, but I was surprised that I felt such sorrow at the loss of the more intangible aspects of Jewish life including community. That has really haunted me and I keep thinking as I always have about individual lives lost, what our communities would look like today if the Holocaust had never happened.
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