Israel’s National Holocaust Memorial

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (March 27, 2008) — The American Red Cross Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter is proud to welcome Cynthia Wroclawski, Outreach Manager of the International Project at Yad Vashem, to speak at the Chapter Headquarters on Thursday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m. Mrs. Wroclawski will be providing an inspirational speech about Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Holocaust Memorial, and the organizations “Pages of Testimony” program.

For over 50 years, Yad Vashem has been working with Holocaust survivors and Jewish communities worldwide to recover the names of the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. Over half of the victims are documented at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and in the Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names online at: http://www.yadvashem.org. However, the names and life stories of millions more still remain unknown. The Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery campaign is calling upon people to memorialize Jews that died in the Holocaust by recording their names, and when available, photos and other biographical data on “Pages of Testimony”, aims to ensure that no Shoah victim – no man, woman or child- will ever be forgotten.

An estimated 3.3 million names of individual Jews that perished in the Holocaust are currently documented in the online Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names available on the Yad Vashem website in English, Hebrew and Russian. Over the past three years (2005-2007) an estimated 112,400 Pages of Testimony were added to the Database and the project’s outreach staff collected 130,000 names of victims documented on lists. The Database is a work in progress requiring the translation, standardization and digitization of names from millions of archival documents and Pages of Testimony.

Late last year, the American Red Cross Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter received an award from Yad Vashem for our work with Holocaust survivors. The American Red Cross has a very active tracing program, which connects Holocaust surviviors with information about loved ones.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Those wishing to attend can call the American Red Cross Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter to RSVP at 561-650-9104.

About the American Red Cross:
For over 90 years, the American Red Cross Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter, which includes Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties, has provided relief to victims of disasters at home and abroad, teaches lifesaving skills, and supports military members and families. The American Red Cross, a charity and not a government agency, depends on voluntary contributions of time and money to perform its humanitarian mission. To learn more about the work of the Red Cross in communities, or to make a donation, please call 561-833-7711 or visit our website at http://www.redcross-pbc.org.

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