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    The Shoah victims' names recovery project in Hungary

    Project closed in October 2017

    About 600.000 Jews of Hungary were murdered in the Holocaust. One-third of the victims of Auschwitz-Birkenau had been expelled from Hungary by the Germans with the help of the Hungarian authorities. To give its name back to each of these men, women and children, the International Institute of Yad Vashem has launched a major research project. 

    After nearly ten years of intensive work, 225,000 names have been identify, such that over 80 % of the Hungarian victims now have names. For many of them, Yad Vashem collected much more than a name : the project revealed a part of their history, their journey, and sometimes their face.

    This research was supported by the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah, at the initiative of its then president Simone Veil.

    The Hall of Names at Yad Vashem

    The Hall of Names at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. Credit : Yad Vashem


    Since 1954, Yad Vashem has worked to preserve the memory of the victims of the Shoah by collecting their names, preserving them and making them accessible. The database set up to centralize the names of the victims of the Shoah was inscribed in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in June 2013.

    4.6 million names out of the 6 million victims of the Shoah are gathered there.


    Closing Ceremony

    The Yad Vashem Institute and the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah organize a ceremony to mark the completion of this research project.
    A tribute will be paid to Simone Veil on this occasion.

    Thursday 26 October 2017 (by invitation only)

    Yad Vashem
    Har Hazikaron
    Jerusalem 9103401 - Israel

    Program (pdf / Hebrew & French)


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