This week marks one decade since Yad Vashem opened its groundbreaking database for the names of Holocaust victims.
Yad Vashem, Israel’s Shoah trust, honored the milestone by circulating some of the treasured photos from its collection, which aims to preserve the precious memory of those killed in the Holocaust.
Since its creation, Yad Vashem’s database has collected photos, documents and eye witness accounts in relation to more than 4 million of the 6 million Jews lost in the Holocaust. The site’s ultimate goal is to not stop until every last one is accounted for.
Yad Vashem is located in Jerusalem. It also runs the Righteous Among the Nations program, which honors gentiles who helped save Jewish lives in the Shoah.
From Yad Vashem:
Yad Vashem, together with its partners, has collected and recorded here the names and biographical details of millions of victims of systematic anti-Jewish persecution during the Shoah. Over four of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their accomplices are commemorated here. Alongside them there is information regarding other Shoah victims, including some whose fate has yet to be determined. The names of many of thosemurdered remain unknown, and it is our collective duty to persist until all their names are recovered.