Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, Israel, will hold a major press event Monday, November 22, 2004 to announce the uploading of its historic Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names to the Internet.
The event will take place on Monday morning at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies Lecture Hall, at 10:00. The Database will be presented and an international 11th Hour Campaign to collect more names of victims will be announced. Special video messages from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Professor Elie Wiesel, and Simone Veil will be presented as well.
The Database, which will allow online public interaction and contributions of new names and materials, seeks to capture the names of as many Jewish Holocaust victims as possible. The sophisticated technology allows users worldwide to access a treasure trove of millions of personal, historical and genealogical documents using cutting-edge web search systems from the convenience of any computer.
The Names Database is an international undertaking led by Yad Vashem to attempt to reconstruct the names and life stories of all the Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Through interactive features, users can submit information, perform comprehensive searches and take part in educational programs.