20 January 2008

Yad Vashem: Names Recovery Project update

In advance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27), Yad Vashem has sent out an update on The Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Project.
In addition to thanking worldwide volunteers for their ongoing efforts, outreach manager Cynthia Wroclawski's message includes pointers to some new online resources and some new events.

--A new Pages of Testimony Tutorial Video is available. The 10-minute video demonstrates how to help survivors and others to fill out Pages of Testimony and memorialize Jews they know of who perished. It depicts a volunteer visiting two women in their homes to assist them in adding the names of victims. It would be helpful for screening at volunteer training sessions to provide an introduction to those wishing to undertake a project.

--"Unto Every Person There is a Name Presentation" is another short video which may assist in planning Yom HaShoah commemoration activities. It is a dramatic recitation of the names of Shoah victims and text with brief biographical information about the victims. You might also consider a names recitation ceremony with the names your community collected during the Names Recovery campaign.

--A new Photo Gallery features pictures of Names Recovery events from around the world. You can also submit photos of your events to be included in this section.

--A Volunteer Forum has been set up for global volunteers, as a venue for networking, idea exchange, experiences and tips for successful names collections.

--The first International Youth Congress will be held on January 27 at Yad Vashem, and will gather international youth leaders to to meet and make their generation's voice heard on the subject of Holocaust remembrance and future significance, during the three-day event.

For more information, click here.

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