- Title: JERUSALEM: DATABASE NOW AVAILABLE LISTING THREE MILLION HOLOCAUST VICTIMS
- Date: 22nd November 2004
- Summary: (U4) JERUSALEM (NOVEMBER 22, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF PAGES OF NEW 'YAD VASHEM' WEB SITE 0.27 2. ISRAELIS SEARCHING DETAILS OF RELATED VICTIMS ON WEB SITE (2 SHOTS) 0.42 3. SLV PRESS CONFERENCE FOR 'SHOAH VICITMS NAMES' 0.48 (U4) JERUSALEM (RECENT) ('YAD VASHEM' FOOTAGE - ACCESS ALL) 4. MCU (English) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER ARIEL SHARON SAYING: "Today a central database of Shoah (holocaust) victims' names will be uploaded for the 'Yad Vashem' web site. For the first time people everywhere will be able to search for names of holocaust victims, to add information and to learn about our past from their own computers" 1.14 (U4) UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION, GERMANY (FILE) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 5. VARIOUS OF PRISON CAMP/ PRISONERS BEHIND BARBED WIRE FENCE/ IN CAMP ON BEDS (6 SHOTS) 1.40 (U4) JERUSALEM (NOVEMBER 22, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 6. SV NEWS CONFERENCE 1.44 7. MCU (English) HEAD OF 'YAD VASHEM' AVNER SHALEV SAYING: "Until now we have gathered along the years more than two millions pages of testimony with those elementary bits of information about the family, about the biography of each member, each victim, each one who was murdered during the period of the holocaust" 2.03 (U4) (RECENT) ('YAD VASHEM' FOOTAGE - ACCESS ALL) 7. CU/SV (French) VARIOUS OF SIR PIERRE FRANCOIS INSTRUCTING FAMILY ON WEB SITE: "This has been filed by your grandmother in December 1973. You can see that your great-grand father's surname was Jacob, his first name was Andre, that the name of his mother - that means your great-great-grand mother was Mathilde, that his residence during the war was in Nice, and if you look at the box 'place and date of death' you can see that he has been sent from Drancy, which was the transit camp, near Paris at the end of April 1944, to an 'unknown' destination" (4 SHOTS) 2.38 (U4) JERUSALEM (NOVEMBER 22, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 8. MCU (English) AVNER SHALEV: "Right now everyone will have it at home. It is not so difficult to go into it because it's a new era, it's a new level of commemoration, we open a new dimension" 2.50 9. SLV OF NEWS CONFERENCE 2.54 (U4) (RECENT) ('YAD VASHEM' FOOTAGE - ACCESS ALL) 10. MCU (English) 'YAD VASHEM' INTERVIEW WITH NOBEL PRIZE WINNER ELIE WIESEL: "It is important because it creates a link not only with the dead but also with the living. And I urge anyone who has access to a computer-- I don't, I don't know how to use it, but I know that most people have that knowledge to use that link-- so if I would like to know for instance what happened to my distant cousin, I would know where to turn. And I know there are cousins that know more than I about their lives. So it would create a link within the Jewish people, between families, between cities, between communities. It can only bring a heightened awareness and a deepenedsense of remembrance"/CU OF WEBSITE 3.45 (U4) JERUSALEM (NOVEMBER 22, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 11. CLOSE OF WEB SITE 3.56 12. SV OF ISRAELI SEARCHING FOR DETAILS (2 SHOTS) 4.07 13. SLV EXTERIOR OF 'YAD VASHEM' 4.15 (U4) AUSCHWITZ, POLAND (FILE) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 14. LINES OF CHILDREN WALKING PAST RUSSIAN SOLDIERS AT LIBERATION/ CHILDREN SHOWING TATTOOS (3 SHOTS) 4.29 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: JERUSALEM
- Country: Israel
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- Story Text: Database now available listing three million
Details of around three million people who
perished during the Nazi Holocaust became available for the
first time online on Monday (November 22) thanks to a
database unveiled by Israel's Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem.
Available through the museum's main website
(www.yadvashem.org.il) this massive database is the fruit
of more than five decades of painstaking gathering of
information about those who died in Nazi Germany's
extermination and concentration camps.
In taped remarks, screened at the opening, Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon hailed the launch, saying that the
system would allow people to learn about their past.
Approximately six million Jews died during the
holocaust, but also Gypsies, Communists, resistance
fighters and homosexuals.
The database holds details of some three million Jews.
Much of the information comes from forms that relatives or
friends of those who were thought to have died were asked
to fill in in the immediate aftermath of World War Two.
Until now, this information was only accessible by
visiting the museum and carrying out a manual search. But
now the online tool will allow anyone, anywhere, to find
out details of a family member, friend, or associate who
diasappeared in the Holocaust.
If the search does not return any results, users will
be able to enter details of individuals who have been
thought to have been killed. It will also allow users to
submit amendments to the details of people who died as part
of the extermination of Jews between 1941 and 1945.
Head of Yad Vashem, Avner Shalev, said: "Until now we
have gathered along the years more than two millions pages
of testimony with those elementary bits of information
about the family, about the biography of each member, each
victim, each one who was murdered during the period of the
Now, he said, everyone would be in a position to tap
into that information at home. It was a new level of
commemoration, a new dimension.
Such was the scale of the killing -- tens of thousands
people per day were put to death in Aushwitz concentration
camp when the genocide was at its peak -- that many vicitms
died without any trace. For decades families of those who
never returned from the camps have faced an uphill battle
in finding out details of their beloved.
Nobel Prizewinner Elie Wiesel said the database would
help create a link between lost generations but also
between Jewish communities around the world.
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