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Search for Holocaust Victims’ Names Continues
16:24 May 01, ’06 / 3 Iyar 5766
by Hillel Fendel

Race against time: Yad Vashem is seeking the names of close to 3 million Holocaust victims from the former Soviet Union. The hope is that the new Russian interface on its central database will help.

The Russian interface of Yad Vashem’s Central Database of Shoah [Holocaust] Victims’ Names was uploaded to the internet this week, on Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day.

“Yad Vashem regards the completion of the Names Database as vitally important,” said Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, “and the estimation is that many of the nearly 3 million missing names belong to Jews from the territories of the Former Soviet Union. To raise awareness of its commemorative enterprise, and to encourage names collection from the Russian-speaking community, Yad Vashem experts have spent the past year translating the Names Database into Russian.â€?