The reading of the names of the victims on Yom HaShoah has a special meaning in the Jewish culture. It is a statement against the attempt of Nazi Germany to rob the Jews of their identity and to regard them as mere numbers. The reading of the names of the victims acknowledges every individual as a valuable person with a distinct name and a unique identity which one consciously remembers.
The March of Life is calling to take to the streets worldwide between April 8-11, 2021 with the message “Together for a better Future without Antisemitism and Hatred of Jews” and be a part of the Yom HaShoah commemoration. In cooperation with Yad Vashem, the names of the victims are read out in a public place in order to remember and honor them.
Yad Vashem has been collecting names and biographical data about all victims of the Shoah on Pages of Testimonies since its founding. To date the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names includes 4.8 million names. These names are stored in the Hall of Names. There remains some 1.5 million unidentified victims.
The cost of collecting, processing and archiving each name is approximately €10. Your donation supports Yad Vashem's important work and helps ensure that each and every victim will always be remembered!
For more information on the activities on Yom haShoa, please visit: www.marchoflife.org/yomhashoah/