Since 1955, Yad Vashem has worked to fulfill its mandate to preserve the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust by collecting their names, the ultimate representation of a person’s identity. Millions of victims remain unidentified. Yad Vashem urgently calls upon Jewish communities to recover their names through a worldwide Names Recovery Project. Unless we assume collective responsibility for completing this vital mission, some of them may be lost forever. This is a race against time, before those who remember them are no longer with us.
I went on March of the living primarily to bear witness to the sites at which a majority of my ancestry perished. I felt it was my responsibility as a maturing member of the human race to be able to say, “I was there, I saw, and was told by someone who was held prisoner here, what happened.”
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