Yad Vashem to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day with global name-reading initiative

With gatherings to mark Shoah barred amid coronavirus outbreak, memorial museum calls on people worldwide to record clips of themselves reading out names of victims

A woman and a girl read the names of Holocaust victims. (Courtesy of Yad Vashem)
A woman and a girl read the names of Holocaust victims. (Courtesy of Yad Vashem)

JTA — Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial based in Jerusalem, is creating a global name-reading initiative to mark this year’s Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Since gathering for the annual national Yom Hashoah ceremony and smaller community ceremonies in Israel are impossible this year due to coronavirus related restrictions, Yad Vashem is working to ensure that the names of Holocaust members are read out and remembered, the institution announced Monday.

The campaign, #RememberingFromHome #ShoahNames, calls on the international public to record themselves reciting the names of Holocaust victims and share the video on social media using the campaign’s hashtags. Videos should be no longer than 15 seconds.

Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed this year on April 21.

Through its website, Yad Vashem is providing access to a list of names of adult and child victims of the Holocaust; a link to names of Holocaust victims by country, and a link to the Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names, enables users to search for and recite family names.

Yad Vashem will collect videos from all over the world and create an online Holocaust Remembrance Day Global Name Reading Ceremony.

“Join us and mark Holocaust Remembrance Day this year from your homes. Help us to restore the memory of those killed during the Holocaust,” Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev said in a statement.

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