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September 9, 2011  RSS feed
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Florida Holocaust museum partners with Yad Vashem on victims’ names recovery campaign

The Florida Holocaust Museum is partnering with Yad Vashem in Israel, the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, and with Jewish communities around the world in the campaign to recover names and identities of Holocaust victims.

In November 2004, Yad Vashem launched the Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names onto its website, The database, a revolutionary milestone in Holocaust remembrance, enables users to search for names, photographs and brief histories of more than 4 million Holocaust victims as well as submit additional names and photos online. Millions of names are still unidentified.

The International Campaign to recover unknown names is under way around the world.

“The memory of millions of Holocaust victims will pass into oblivion as those that remember them leave us,” warns Avner Shalev, chair of the Yad Vashem Directorate. “Now is the time for the Jewish people to work together to register the unrecorded names.”

According to Shalevy, over the years many survivors have refrained from dealing with their wartime experiences because the memories were so painful. “We have discovered time and again that most survivors have a strong psychological need to commemorate the people who they lost, but if they have not done this yet, they need assistance with this task now!”

Call for names

Museum officials are asking community members who know names of Jewish people who were killed during the Holocaust to submit them by calling Urszula Szczepinska, curator of Education and Director of Research at the Florida Holocaust Museum, (727) 820-0100, ext. 241. Assistance will be provided with filling out the forms.

Call for volunteers

To volunteer to assist survivors in filling out forms to register Holocaust victims, contact Rose Rosen, Central Florida Volunteer Chair, (813) 932-9932 or

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