Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Holocaust survivors’ testimonials, as archived
by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, are among the 54 new additions to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Memory of the World Register.
Click photo to download. Caption: The Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
The collection of “pages of
testimony”—a form issued by Yad Vashem in efforts to document the lives
of Holocaust survivors—was founded in 1954 and contains about 2.6 million
testimonials. The forms were filled out by relatives and friends of the
victims. The testimonials are part of Yad Vashem’s project to
document the names of all the victims of the Holocaust. So far, the project has
recorded the names of some 4.2 million victims.
UNESCO’s Memory of
the World Register, established in 1995, is not a physical collection, but a
list. The items in the register remain in their original locations. The Yad Vashem collection is the first
Israeli entry in this forum.