AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR YAD VASHEM
YAD VASHEM - THE HOLOCAUST MARTYRS’ AND HEROES’ REMEMBRANCE AUTHORITY
Pages of Testimony
Pages of Testimony contain biographic details of the Holocaust victims and serve as symbolic tombstones. The Pages are submitted in memory of the victim by a family member or a close friend and will be housed in the Hall of Names - a spacious edifice designed for the visitor of Yad Vashem to retrieve information in a dignified ambience.
Please fill the form, print it out and sign. When Pages of Testimony are completed, please return them by mail to the address below.
Download: Pages of Testimony Form
A photograph of the victim may be attached to the Page, if available. We accept only the original completed forms, not photocopies. Unsigned forms, fax-transmitted forms or non standard forms will not be accepted.
Names can also be submitted online at: The Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names
What will our grandchildren know of their relatives who did not survive the Shoah?
And what records will be left for their grandchildren to learn about branches of their family that were brutally severed in the Holocaust?
Will the names be written down somewhere ... ?
The Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Law passed unanimously by the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) in August 1953 empowered Yad Vashem, in the name of the Jewish people, to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. Since 1955 Yad Vashem has been collecting names, photographs and biographic details of the martyred Jews. Millions are already recorded on special documents - Pages of Testimony - that are carefully preserved in Yad Vashem - but many names are still unknown.
Yad Vashem is launching a concerted campaign in Israel and abroad to record names of Holocaust victims.
Pages of Testimony are to be filled out NOT ONLY by Holocaust survivors and their families. Over the course of the past century most American Jewish families left Europe and North Africa. Many of their families and friends who remained became victims of the Nazi death machine. The murders took their lives and disposed of the bodies on mass. Millions of Jews vanished without any physical trace. No grave markers record their names.
The Pages of Testimony in Yad Vashem in Jerusalem stand as symbolic "mazevoth" for the martyred Jews. The victims deserve to be remembered not as cold, anonymous numbers but as individual human beings. These Pages of Testimony preserve the unique identity and personal dignity that the murderers tried so hard to obliterate.
The killers murdered the victims. It is up to us to ensure that the victim's momories will not be killed also.
Pages of Testimony are available in fourteen different languages. We are enclosing a form that may be copied or reprinted and more can be obtained upon request. Since completed forms are considered legal documents, they can only be accepted if signed and dated by hand. Unsigned pages, photocopies, fax or e-mail transmitted signatures are not considered authentic. Completed forms should be returned to:
American Society for Yad Vashem Yad Vashem
Will their names be written down...?
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