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Our most exciting and newest project involves the trees planted in honor of the Righteous Among The Nations. Trees have been planted in their honor in the campus of Yad Vashem; each tree is attached to a specific Righteous, as a way of reminding us of their personal inspirational stories. We offer Christians around the world the opportunity to become guardians of a particular tree.
For just $100 a year, you can take upon yourself the guardianship of a tree and thus help us ensure that not only the tree itself but the larger legacy of the Righteous Among the Nations will be maintained. Christians around the world are embracing this opportunity.
Information on the Righteous and a Certificate will be sent to you once you become a Tree Guardian.
The Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names was made available to the public via the Internet in November 2004. The system’s powerful features and global reach have enabled a revolution in Shoah remembrance and education – in 2007 over 7 million visits from 215 countries are anticipated to be registered on the Yad Vashem website.
Approximately 3.2 million names are currently available in the database – two thirds are from Yad Vashem’s Pages of Testimony, and the rest are from archival material (such as deportation lists and Yizkor books). Making this database accessible has not only facilitated people in researching Holocaust victims, but it has also galvanized individuals that had not yet submitted Pages of Testimony to do so. Yad Vashem received 10,000 new Pages of Testimony in the first month after the launch of the site. For many years, some survivors found it difficult to face their memories of the Holocaust and could not bring themselves to inscribe on Pages of Testimony the names of their relatives who perished, while others were simply not aware of the possibility. It is now a race against time to register as many names as possible before the generation with this information is gone.
Every name redeemed costs US$10 to ready for inclusion in the Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names. (A donation of US$500,000 will enable the collection of an additional 5,000 names, $100,000 = 10,000, etc.) Yad Vashem is in the midst of a worldwide campaign to collect Pages of Testimony, for which it needs significant support. Your generous donation will be recognized on the database website, and with a plaque at Yad Vashem in accordance with Yad Vashem policy.
The generation that witnessed the Holocaust is aging and its numbers are rapidly dwindling: In order to collect significant additional Holocaust survivor testimonies, we are in a race against time. And thus, in order to preserve the historical memory of the Holocaust, it is incumbent upon us to act quickly to record the personal accounts of those who have yet to tell their story. The Testimonies section began its work in 1946, even before Yad Vashem was established as a national institution. Over the years the department has collected some 44,000 testimonies of survivors. In the first years, the testimony (given for the most part in languages other than Hebrew) was transcribed; at a later stage testimony was recorded on reel-to-reel machines, yet later audio recordings were made and today the testimonies are videotaped.
In response to the demand among Shoah survivors in Israel to record their personal stories, Yad Vashem has promised to undertake an urgent 11th hour campaign to videotape testimonies in survivors’ homes. Thus we will be able to honor the survivors and provide an opportunity for them to leave behind their first-hand legacy.
Each recorded testimony costs US$585. A donation of $18,000 will allow us to visit 30 survivors in their homes and videotape their testimony. Yad Vashem is looking for partners in this most important and urgent initiative, before time runs out.