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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.