The Florida Holocaust Museum, in cooperation with Yad Vashem, is spearheading the Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project in the Tampa Bay area.
Yad Vashem has been working with Holocaust survivors and Jewish communities for over 60 years to fulfill its mandate to preserve the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. Although 4.3 million of the six million victims are documented at Yad Vashem and in the Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names, millions of names and life stories remain unknown. Yad Vashem urgently calls upon Jewish communities to recover their names through a worldwide Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project. Unless we assume collective responsibility for completing this vital mission, some of them may be lost forever.
The Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project aims to memorialize each individual Jew murdered in the Holocaust, by recording their names, biographical details, and photographs on special forms created by Yad Vashem, called Pages of Testimony. The Florida Holocaust Museum is honored to partner with Yad Vashem on this crucial initiative. We have so far collected over 700 Pages of Testimony. Once filled out, Pages of Testimony are mailed by Museum staff to Yad Vashem where they will be stored for perpetuity in Yad Vashem’s Hall of Names as public commemoration for the Jewish people and all of mankind. The submitter will receive from the Musuem a copy of every Page they submitted. We also scan photographs of individuals commemorated on the Pages of Testimony and save these images on a disc for the submitter and for Yad Vashem.
This website displays only a sample of the Pages of Testimony and photographs the Florida Holocaust Museum has collected.
To submit names or for information on how to receive assistance with filling out Pages of Testimony please contact:
Urszula Szczepinska, Curator of Education and Director of Research, Florida Holocaust Museum, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 820-0100, ext. 241.
To contact Yad Vashem directly please contact Cynthia Wroclawski, Manager of the Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project at: email@example.com.
Search Yad Vashem’s Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names here.
For samples of completed Pages of Testimony and photographs, please click here.