Yad Vashem announces it identified 2/3 of Holocaust victims

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December 21, 2010 14:54

Yad Vashem announced on Tuesday that it has identified two-thirds of the Jews murdered in the Holocaust, a total of 4 million names thus far.

Chairman of Yad Vashem Avner Shalev said, "In the past decade we have succeeded in adding about 1.5 million victims' names to the Names Database, increasing by some 60% the information we had.

"The Germans sought not only to destroy the Jews, but to obliterate any memory of them.  One of Yad Vashem's central missions since its foundation, the recovery of each and every victim's name and personal story, has resulted in relentless efforts to restore the names and identities of as many of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their accomplices as possible."

Added Avner, "We will continue our efforts to recover the unknown names, and by harnessing technology in the service of memory, we are able to share their names with the world.” 


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